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17 January 2011 :: 13:01:56 pm 49032

ASEAN asks for lifting of sanctions on Myanmar after elections, release of Aung San Suu Kyi

LOMBOK, Jan 16 – The foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Sunday asked for removal of sanctions against Myanmar after its general elections and the release Aung San Suu Kyi at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers (AMM) Retreat in Indonesia.
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Ten foreign ministers from ASEAN member countries welcomed progress toward democracy in Myanmar, particularly the country’s general election on November 7 and the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, meanwhile, called some countries for early removing sanctions against Myanmar.

“ASEAN seeks early removal of sanctions that have been applied on Myanmar by some countries. We believe that recent developments in Myanmar needs to be responded [to] by [the] international community, especially to ensure that economic development in Myanmar can take place,” Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said.

Mr Natalegawa stressed that ASEAN members reiterated that the importance of having a dialogue of all parties concerned in Myanmar can contribute to Myanmar’s further development.

ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan commented that further connections between ASEAN and Myanmar can be expected in the fields of economic cooperation, agriculture and infrastructure. Such strengthened ties could promote normalcy, reconciliation and democracy in Myanmar.

In addition, the ministers also discussed effects of the current tension on the Korean peninsula on the ASEAN countries and supported the six-party talks regarding Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.

The ministers also agreed in the principle to propose a bid to co-host the 2030 World Cup, by assigning Malaysia to draft the appropriate document before submitting to ASEAN leaders at the summit in November.

Monday’s meeting will focus on East Asia and the ASEAN role in the global community.

On Monday, Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya is scheduled to meet with his Cambodian counterpart Hor Namhong, aimed at discussing the arrest of seven Thais in Cambodia.

The two-day ministerial retreat being held in Lombok on Sunday and Monday marks its first formal ASEAN event hosting since Indonesia took the regional organisation’s chairmanship this year.

The 10-nation ASEAN members are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Report by : MCOT online news

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