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Burma's Prime Minister Visits Vietnam - 2004-08-09


Burma's prime minister met in Hanoi with his Vietnamese counterpart today (Monday) in an attempt to resolve a diplomatic dispute that could lead to a European boycott of an Asian summit two months from now.

Hanoi will host the Asia-Europe Meeting, but the European Union and ASEAN, the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, have been deadlocked for months over whether Burma should attend.

European nations are concerned about Burma's human-rights record and the continuing detention of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. They say they will not attend the Oct. 8-9 meeting if members of Rangoon's military junta are present.

No details of Gen. Khin Nyunt's talks with Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Kai have been released.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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