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27 May 2009 :: 02:05:30 am 36938

Thailand Continues Constructive Dialogue with Myanmar

BANGKOK, May 26 Thailand, now the rotating chair of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), issued a statement on Tuesday, saying that it would continue to pursue constructive dialogue with the Myanmar government.
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The new statement said that last week’s statement also issued by Thailand was with the ?best of intentions towards Myanmar and reflects the desire for the process of national reconciliation in Myanmar to move forward on the basis of inclusiveness, with the participation of all sectors of society.

Tuesday’s Thai statement came after the Myanmar government accused its neighbour of meddling in its internal affairs following the issuance of the May 18 statement which said ASEAN members were concerned regarding the situation in Myanmar.

In its first statement, Thailand expressed grave concern at the ongoing trial of Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, saying the honour and the credibility of the (Myanmar government) are at stake.

Mrs. Suu Kyi, whose six-year current house arrest in Yangon is due to end Wednesday, faces up to five years in jail if convicted of breaching the state-appointed house arrest rules after an American identified as John Yettaw swam to her lakeside house. She has entered a plea of not guilty to charges.

Tuesday’s statement said the ASEAN chair statement was issued by the government which is the present chair of the regional bloc, without the need for joint drafting by ASEAN officials.

It said that ASEAN senior officials had discussed the trial issue and expressed views on the recent developments on May 18 and agreed that Thailand in its capacity as chair should issue the ASEAN chair’s statement on the recent developments about Mrs. Suu Kyi. The agreement reached on that day was to be given to ASEAN foreign ministers as before.

Myanmar, Thailand along with Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam are ASEAN members. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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