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ASEAN Foreign Ministers To State Concerns About Burma


Malaysia's official news agency says Southeast Asian foreign ministers are expected to take a stand on Burma's lack of democratic reform during an upcoming meeting.

The secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is quoted by Bernama today-Sunday as saying the group will express its concern over how Burma is undermining ASEAN's standing in the eyes of the international community.

Ong Keng Yong said ASEAN members know they should not interfere with another member country's internal affairs, but that Burma's actions are affecting ASEAN'S credibility and image.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is to attend ASEAN's annual meetings in Kuala Lumpur on July 27th and 28th. The State Department says she will use the visit to press for democratic change in Burma.

Malaysia is the current chair of ASEAN and will be hosting the group's annual meeting.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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