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Malaysia Says Burma Need Not Be On UN Security Council Agenda


Malaysia's foreign minister says Burma should not be on the UN Security Council's agenda because it does not pose a global security threat.

Malaysia's Bernama news agency quotes Syed Hamid Albar Friday as saying that, while the political situation in Burma was of interest to the international community, the country was not linked to security problems.

However, the foreign minister warned that Burma risks coming under the scrutiny of the Security Council if the country does not speed up democratic reforms.

Under pressure from the international community, the Association of Southeast Asian countries signaled its impatience with member country Burma at ASEAN's annual meeting in December.

Syed Hamid says he hopes to visit Burma within the next two months as ASEAN's envoy to monitor the progress toward democracy.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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