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Philippines Rules Out Meeting With Aung San Suu Kyi


The Philippines foreign ministry says Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo will "not" try to meet with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi when he visits Burma next month.

Burma's military rulers have held the pro-democracy advocate under house arrest for more than ten years.

Romulo says Burma's leaders invited him to visit "sometime in August," but that details are still being worked out.

Romulo made the comments at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Malaysia on Wednesday. The Philippines assumes the rotating presidency of the organization later this week.

ASEAN foreign ministers on Tuesday urged Burma to show "tangible progress" on democratic reforms and pressed for the release of Burmese political detainees.

ASEAN has a general policy of not interfering with the internal affairs of member states, but it says Burma's refusal to reform is damaging the group's credibility throughout the world.


Information for this report is provided by AP.

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