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Europe, Asia Hope for Compromise Over Burma - 2004-09-02


Several European Union foreign ministers will hold meetings beginning Friday to decide whether to allow Burma to attend next month's Asian-European summit.

The diplomats will hold two days of informal talks in the Netherlands, which currently holds the revolving EU presidency. Some European nations, especially Britain, are opposed to Burma's presence at the summit because of the military government's crackdown on political opponents, including democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Burma has joined Laos and Cambodia as the newest members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. ASEAN insists all three nations be admitted as part of the Asia-Europe group at the summit, which will be held in Hanoi beginning October 8th.

Information for this report is provided by AFP and Reuters.

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