The secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is urging China and India to take a larger role in encouraging Burma to speed up democratic reforms.
Speaking in Malaysia today-Thursday ASEAN Secretary General Ong Keng Yong of Singapore said ASEAN should ask China and India to be more persuasive.
The remarks follow calls Tuesday by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for the two countries to put pressure on Burma's military government to improve its human rights record.
China and India maintain close ties with Burma, despite international calls for its isolation.
ASEAN's secretary-general also said he was disappointed by Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid's recent visit to Burma to check on democracy reform. His visit was cut short by a day, and the minister was unable to meet with Burma's main opposition group.
Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.