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Philippine Lawmakers Lead Effort to Apply Pressure on Burma


Philippine lawmakers say they will try to enlist other southeast Asian lawmakers in the drive to pressure Burma's military rulers on democratic reforms.

Philippine Senate President Franklin Drilon says he and other lawmakers will bring up the subject with lawmakers from member nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) during next week's meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Manila.

Mr. Drilon says the lawmakers will discuss ways to compel Rangoon to come up with a concrete timetable for democratic reforms.

He also says they will discuss a possible ASEAN-wide resolution that would deny Burma its scheduled chairmanship of the group in 2006. The resolution would be similar to one that is pending before the Philippine Senate.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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