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Thai PM Praises EU Decision To Attend ASEM Meeting - 2004-09-05


Thailand has welcomed the EU's decision to take part in a planned summit next month of Asian and European leaders. The EU decision follows a compromise reached on Burmese participation at the summit.

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra Saturday described the EU decision as a positive development.

EU officials Friday agreed to attend the October Asia-Europe summit (ASEM) in Vietnam, but insisted that Rangoon send a junior level delegate and not its prime minister.

The compromise came after complaints from Britain about Burma's human rights record and its treatment of opposition members. Burma's Southeast Asian neighbors had insisted that the country be allowed to attend the meeting.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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