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Burmese Leader to Attend Asia Africa Summit in Indonesia


Burmese Senior General Than Shwe is planning to attend this month's Asia-Africa summit in Indonesia.

The three-day summit opens April 21st in Jakarta. It will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the conference in the Indonesian city of Bandung that led to the establishment of the Non-Aligned Movement.

The movement was made up of 116 member nations who wanted to avoid taking sides between the United States and the former Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Burma is scheduled to take over chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN in 2006. But several ASEAN member nations have expressed impatience with Rangoon's slow pace of democratic reform and its treatment of political prisoners.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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