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Thai FM Says Burma Must Participate in Asia-Europe Meeting - 2004-07-22


Thailand's foreign minister has told a visiting envoy from the European Union that Burma must be allowed to participate in an Asia-Europe meeting scheduled for October.

Surakiart Sathirathai told E.U. envoy Hans van den Broek Thursday that Burma should be included in the event, which is to take place in Vietnam.

E.U. countries have said they cannot accept Burma's presence because of what they say is the poor human rights record of its military government.

Thailand and other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations say that Burma, as one of ASEAN's newest members, should be allowed to participate in the October meeting.

Mr. van den Broek was in Bangkok on a tour of 10 Asian capitals to try to work out a compromise.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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