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Lawmakers Call for Burma's Expulsion from ASEAN


A group of Southeast Asian lawmakers has called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to expel Burma unless it frees political prisoners within a year.

The lawmakers, members of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus, said Rangoon has made many promises to reform, but has done nothing.

The caucus chairman, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, said that for ASEAN to do nothing would suggest the organization supports the military regime in Burma.

The Caucus includes legislators from Malaysia, Burma, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines.

On Saturday, Burma officially confirmed it had extended the house arrest of opposition leader and nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest by six months.

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

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