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Cambodia to Refuse to Join ASEM Without Burma - 2004-07-07


Cambodia's Prime Minister says his country will boycott the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit set for October unless Burma is allowed to participate.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday that if the 10 new EU members were allowed to attend, then the three new ASEAN members, including Burma, should also be included.

ASEM is an informal dialogue between EU member states, the European Commission, China, Japan, South Korea and seven of the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Cambodia, Laos and Burma were supposed to join the ASEM this year, but the EU is blocking Burma's entry because it does not approve of its human rights and anti-democracy record.

Information for this story is provided by AP, AFP.

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