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  1. Myanmar sanctions sour relations

    Posted Jun 16th 2004, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... in military-ruled Myanmar has soured relations with Asia. The European Union has cancelled two meetings with Asian counterparts over Myanmar's attendance, and pressure came from the United States after its House of Representatives renewed economic sanctions. Similar action last year led Asean to break a rule of non-intervention in the affairs of fellow members to criticise Myanmar ...

  2. Myanmar must speed up democracy, says regional bloc

    Posted Jul 26th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode in Kuala Lumpur Asean nations last night formally demanded a quicker pace of democratic change in Myanmar- its strongest statement yet against its wayward fellow member. ... by Myanmar's embattled Foreign Minister, Nyan Win, to his nine Asean colleagues. Diplomatic sources involved in the negotiation over the document said ministers believed it was as strong a statement ...

  3. Asean must tackle Myanmar embarrassment

    Posted Dec 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... For the second year running, leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have failed to take Myanmar to task formally for its regressive steps on the road to democracy. ... embarrassment by the time Myanmar takes over leadership of the bloc in just over a year's time. Something needs to be done before then- and it has to be more than just polite tete-a-tetes asking ...

  4. Corrections & clarifications

    Posted May 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The caption to the photograph accompanying the report, 'Myanmar could chair Asean', published on page A7 on Saturday May 7, wrongly identified the Indonesian minister of foreign affairs, Dr Marty Natalegawa, as Cambodia's foreign minister, Hor Namhong. The latter had, in fact, been cropped out of the original image. We apologise for the error and for any embarrassment ...

  5. Why Asean failed to stand up to the bully in its ranks

    Posted Nov 21st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode Chief Asia correspondent Membership, it seems, does have its privileges. Myanmar was able to appeal to Asean's most cherished motives of cohesion and non-interference ... meetings for any nation wanting to see Mr Gambari about his recent visits to Myanmar to meet both the junta and detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. 'Prime Minister Thein Sein made ...

  6. A local approach to dealing with tyrants

    Posted Jul 28th 2008, 12:00am by Ian Holliday

    ... Ian Holliday First Myanmar, then Zimbabwe. Twice, in recent months, thuggish regimes in distant corners of the world have rigged popular polls, wantonly escalated human suffering, played ... UN sanctions. This happened when Myanmar's Than Shwe first crushed democracy protests late last year, and then stood in the way of aid for cyclone victims earlier this year. It happened ...

  7. Asean may have to take tougher line to prove its relevance

    Posted Jul 24th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode in Kuala Lumpur From North Korea to Myanmar, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is this week determined to prove its continued relevance to a fast-changing region. ... in Kuala Lumpur for their 39th annual meeting, early sessions are already being dominated by what to do about its most wayward member, Myanmar. And on Thursday, the North Korean missile crisis ...

  8. Wen keen to mend fences with Asean

    Posted Oct 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... to settle disputes with its neighbours and called on Myanmar to allow bilateral projects to proceed. Analysts see Wen's remarks as an attempt to ease tensions with China's Asean ... international ones. Myanmar's decision to suspend a US$3.6 billion dam project and release 6,300 prisoners was an indication that Southeast Asian countries were clinging to the West, he said. ...

  9. US keeping watch on China's role in summit

    Posted Nov 24th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... he added, was 'still a very vague idea'. Then there was the collapse of a planned briefing on Myanmar's tensions by UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari after objections from the country's ruling military junta. China's support and understanding of Myanmar's position held crucial sway. US Trade Representative Susan Schwab did wave Washington's flag ...

  10. Much-needed voice to lead Southeast Asia

    Posted Oct 23rd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... neighbours, China, Japan and South Korea. During that time, Asean has also been struggling with two levels of development, prompted by the joining in the late 1990s of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar ... is not popular with human rights groups for his tough stand on drug trafficking and political and ethnic refugees from Myanmar. Opponents accuse him of using his media empire to silence critics and push ...




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