A Singaporean official says Southeast Asian ministers will discuss the political situation in Burma at a closed-door meeting in the Philippines next month.
Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo told parliament Friday that ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian nations, or ASEAN, will try to resolve the problem of Burma assuming the chair of the bloc next year.
Mr. Yeo said the regional group is concerned that what happens in Burma affects ASEAN as a whole and its relationship with what he called its "dialogue partners."
Burma has been ruled by a military government since the 1960s. A pro-democracy party won elections in 1990 but was never allowed to take power. The United States says Burma subjects its citizens to arbitrary arrest and mistreats its prisoners.
Information for this report is provided by Reuters.