The main sponsor of next month's World Buddhist Summit in Burma has pulled out of the conference.
Japan's Nenbutsushu Buddhist sect says it will not provide funding for the summit. It is not clear if the pullout is related to the recent ouster of Burmese Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt, who had close ties with the Japanese sect.
However, Burma's military government says the summit will go on as scheduled.
Previous World Buddhist Summits have been held in Japan, Thailand and Cambodia.
Information for this report is provided by AP.