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EU Foreign Policy Chief Expresses Frustration With Burma


The European Union's foreign policy chief Javier Solana has expressed frustration over Burma's resistance to democratic reform.

Speaking Friday in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, Solana said Burma should be expected to abide by the same rules and behavior as other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

ASEAN foreign ministers met this week on the Indonesian island of Bali to discuss a strategy for pushing Burma's military-ruled government towards democracy. But the group came away from that meeting deciding only that there was little it could do.

Solana said the European Union and ASEAN should work together to see how they can get Burma to evolve in the direction of democracy.

Burma has been under military rule for more than 40 years and has a history of suppressing opposition.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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