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Britain Backs Thailand's Efforts To Bring About Political Reform In Burma - 2003-12-20


Britain is expressing support for a Thai initiative that aims to bring about democratic reform in Burma.

Foreign Office Minister Mike O'Brien said the international community is looking forward to seeing reform in Burma, and Britain is ready to support a process which leads to genuine national reconciliation.

Mr. O'Brien made the statement after meeting Thai Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai in London. The two leaders discussed last week's meeting in Bangkok with senior Burmese officials.

On Monday, Burma's foreign minister announced that Burma will hold a convention next year to draft a constitution as the first step in its "road map" to democracy.

Mr. O'Brien said he hopes the convention will include members of the democratic opposition and ethnic minorities. He said Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her detained colleagues should be released so they can properly prepare for the convention.

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