Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has urged Southeast Asian leaders to push for democratic reforms in Burma.
Mr. Koizumi told leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting in Bali, Indonesia today (Wednesday) that Japan wants to see democracy restored in Burma and that ASEAN has a role to play in the process.
Mr. Koizumi did not mention Burma's detention of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but a Japanese source said he did raise the issue in a brief meeting Tuesday with Burmese Prime Minister Khin Nyunt on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit.
Khin Nyunt is reported to have reiterated that his government is determined to proceed with moves toward democracy.
Tuesday, ASEAN leaders issued a statement, praising Burma's so-called road map to democracy, which was unveiled in late August. The statement did not refer to Aung San Suu Kyi's continued detention.
Tokyo has said it would like to see a timetable for the Burmese road map to democracy, but no such timetable has been set.
Information for this report is provided by AFP and Reuters.