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Vietnam Sends Envoy to Burma for Discussions about ASEM Summit - 2004-08-30


Vietnam has sent a former prime minister to Burma for discussions about a controversial European-Asian summit set for Hanoi in October.

The controversy surrounds the Europeans' threat to boycott the summit over Burma's expected participation. European nations are upset about the continued detention of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Former Vietnamese leader Vo Van Kiet met his Burmese counterpart, Khin Nyunt, in Rangoon last week. The official Vietnamese media said Monday that Mr. Kiet was sent as an envoy to help resolve the dispute.

Some diplomats have suggested that Burma send a low-level representative to the planned European-Asian summit in Hanoi. It is not known whether Rangoon will agree to such a move.

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