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Thailand Says Burma May Skip ASEAN Chairmanship


Thailand's foreign minister says Burma may decide to skip its scheduled turn as chairman of Association Southeast Asian Nations.

Kantathi Souphamongkong says Thailand has been in talks with Burma and skipping the chairmanship is just one of the possibilities being discussed.

Burma is in line to take over the rotating ASEAN chairmanship in 2006, but has come under increasing pressure over the slow pace of democratic reforms.

Several legislatures within the 10-nation have introduced resolutions calling for ASEAN to deny Burma the chairmanship. The United States and the European Union say they will boycott meetings and summits if Rangoon becomes chairman.

Information for this report is provided by AP and Reuters.

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