The foreign minister of the Philippines says his country plans to push Burma to free democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and enact democratic reform.
Alberto Romulo spoke to reporters Tuesday, days before the foreign ministers of the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meet in the Philippine city of Cebu.
The ministers are expected to discuss whether to block Burma's turn at chairing the group because of its poor human rights record.
Mr. Romulo called on Burma to put into action its so-called "roadmap to democracy" and allow Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party, the National League for Democracy, to take part in the crafting of a new constitution. He also called on Burma to allow a visit from United Nations special envoy Ismael Razali.
Information for this report is provided by AP.