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Possible Compromise in Summit Dispute Over Burma - 2004-08-29


Asian diplomats are discussing a possible compromise that could allow Burma to take part in a summit in October of Asian and European leaders.

Some diplomats are suggesting that Burma should be represented at the summit in Vietnam by junior-level officials, rather than by Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt.

It is not clear if the proposal would be acceptable to the European Union and Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The European Union opposes Burma's presence at the Asian-European meeting because of its poor human-rights record and its refusal to release pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest.

ASEAN says Burma should be allowed to participate as a new member of the bloc. ASEAN says it wants all three of its newest members -- Burma, Laos and Cambodia -- to be part of the Asia-Europe meeting.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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