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Cambodia Appeals for ASEM Membership - 2004-06-11


Cambodia has asked to be included in this year's Asia-Europe Meeting, saying its membership bid has been hindered because of the political situation in Burma.

Cambodia, Burma and Laos are the only three members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations not part of ASEM, which is an informal dialogue between the European Union and 10 Asian countries.

Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong said that European envoys told him they have no problems with Cambodia and Laos joining ASEM, but that some Asian countries want Burma to join the bloc at the same time. He did not identify those countries.

Europe has resisted allowing Burma into ASEM because of the human rights record of the country's military government.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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