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Burma's Foreign Minister Shrugs Off ASEAN Concerns


Burma's Foreign Minister Nyan Win is shrugging off concerns by the United States and the European Union about his country's upcoming chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Arriving in the Phillipines for Sunday's annual ASEAN retreat, Mr. Win said his country has a responsibility to chair the organization. But foreign ministers attending Sunday's meeting are expected to address the growing internal opposition over Burma's chairmanship of the group.

The foreign ministers of Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore have urged Burma to implement democratic reforms or risk losing its turn at the ASEAN chairmanship.

Cambodian officials have opposed any move to block Burma from the chair, saying that would violate ASEAN's policy of non-interference.

Information for this report is provided by AP and Reuters.

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