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EU Appoints Envoy To End Dispute Over Burma Presence At Summit - 2004-07-13


The European Union has named a Special Envoy to Asia to ensure that a dispute over Burma doesn't derail an international summit planned for October.

E.U. Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels said (Monday) former Dutch minister Hans van den Broek will travel to Asia for about 10 days to help resolve the dispute.

E.U. countries say they cannot accept Burma's presence at the Asia-Europe meeting in Vietnam because of what they call the poor human rights record of the Burmese military government.

But the Asians say that Burma, as one of the newest members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, should be allowed to participate.

The E.U. has slapped sanctions on Burma over the continuing detention of that country's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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