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ASEAN Parliamentary Group Urges More Pressure on Burma


An internal group within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations says the 10-member organization should continue its efforts to move Burma closer to democratic reforms.

The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) is urging the regional bloc to take a stronger stand against Burma's ruling military leaders.

This comes in the wake of last month's visit by special envoy Dato' Seri Syed Hamid Albar, Malaysia's foreign minister.

AIPMC called the visit disappointing because he was barred from meeting with Burmese pro-democracy activists, including detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

But the caucus says the ruling junta's hold on power is dwindling, in part because of its apparent inability to deal with the bird flu epidemic sweeping across Asia.

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