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Asia-Europe Meeting Wraps Up in Hanoi - 2004-10-10


Asian and European leaders have urged Burma's military leadership to ease political restrictions, but have failed to call for the release of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

In a joint statement issued in Hanoi Saturday at the end of two days of talks, the Asia-Europe Meeting, known as ASEM, did not mention the Nobel peace laureate, whose National League for Democracy won the 1990 elections in Burma, but has not been allowed to take power. Aung San Suu Kyi has spent most of the last 15 years in detention.

The leaders from 25 European and 13 Asian nations did call on all parties in Burma to work together on a national reconciliation process.

They also called for a strong commitment to combat terrorism.

Information for this report is provided by Reuters and AFP.

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