Before the ASEAN Summit in Bali (Oct. 7 & 8), leaders of several member countries said they would discuss Burma situation and the continued detention of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Instead, at the end of the meeting the group praised Burma for "recent positive developments". Many Burma democratic forces are disappointed with ASEAN's soft stand on Burma.
Saw Boh Mya, president of National Council of Union Burma, criticized ASEAN for lack of principle.
Zum Tum Hmung, an ethinc Chin who studied American Foreign Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, said ASEAN made a huge mistake while Taik Naing of Assistant Association for Political Prisoners said he could not understand the ASEAN's position.
Debbie Stothard of Alt-ASEAN said ASEAN leaders by ignoring what is really happening in Burma is shortsighted.