UK cautions ASEAN from allowing Myanmar leadership



May 18, The Associated Press
UK cautions ASEAN from allowing Myanmar leadership

Manila, Philippines - The British government has cautioned Southeast Asian
countries not to allow Myanmar to take the leadership of their regional
bloc.

It says Myanmar will need to show "enormous political progress" to deserve
the prestigious role that it now seeks.

Myanmar, among the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations,
has sought the annual chairmanship of the 10-member bloc in 2014. Fellow
members have not raised any objection but urged it to continue taking steps
to realize a long-unfulfilled promise to fully democratize.

U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN David Carden says it's up to ASEAN to decide on
Myanmar's leadership role.

He says Washington hopes Myanmar will take seriously the new ASEAN charter,
which includes promotion of human rights.



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