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Europe Stresses Security, Human Rights in Meeting with ASEAN


The European Union says it wants closer security cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to help strengthen the regional grouping and enable it to tackle terrorism.

A document presented at a joint meeting of European and Southeast Asian foreign ministers in Jakarta Thursday said a strong ASEAN is the best guarantee for peace and stability in the region.

The European Union also stressed the promotion of human rights.

In an article written for the Jakarta Post, EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner singled out Burma for not making progress in areas of European concern.

The EU commissioner said progress had been made throughout the region, with the exception of Burma.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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