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Malaysian Foreign Minister Urges Burma to Allow Visit


Malaysia's foreign minister has appealed to Burma's military government to allow him to visit the country to monitor its democratic reforms.

Syed Hamid Albar said Wednesday he would like to visit Burma soon so he can report his findings at a regional ministerial meeting in Bali, Indonesia in April.

Burma agreed to allow a Malaysian delegation to monitor its democratic "road map" after pressure from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. But the junta canceled a previously scheduled visit.

Syed Hamid said Burma attributed the delay to the drafting of its new constitution and the moving of its capital from Rangoon to Pyinmana.

Burma's military leadership crushed a pro-democracy movement in 1988, and refused to recognize election results after a landslide victory by the opposition National League for Democracy in 1990.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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