Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has praised Burma's military government, saying it has shown concrete progress toward political reform.
Mr. Thaksin said Saturday the Burmese government last week provided its ASEAN partners at the Bali summit with a seven-point road map to democratization. He said the military rulers also showed recent photos of smiling democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Thai leader said Rangoon had also agreed to provide fellow ASEAN members with regular updates on political developments in the country, including work of the constitutional drafting committee.
Burma has been under international pressure to release Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been detained since a bloody May 30th clash between her supporters and pro-government mobs. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate first was held at an undisclosed location. Now she remains under house arrest in her Rangoon home.