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Burmese Military Junta May Not Attend Roadmap Meeting In Thailand - 2003-12-06


Burma's government says it may not attend an international meeting inThailand to discuss its "road map" to democracy.

Thailand has invited up to nine other countries to the meeting, possibly December 15th, to allow Burma to explain its plans for reform. The Thai foreign ministry said it hopes the forum will be the start of the process in which Burma implements the seven-point road map to democracy it announced in August.

Burma's Deputy Foreign Minister Khin Maung Win said the government will take part only if the meeting is to explain and clarify the situation in Burma. He said officials will not attend if the purpose of the meeting is to criticize Burma.

Burma's seven-point plan includes a national convention to write a new constitution and free elections for a new government. But western nations criticized the plan because it does not include a timetable for implementation.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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