UN under pressure over Myanmar: Indonesia

UN under pressure over Myanmar: Indonesia

Daily Times

 * Jakarta’s FM says pressure mounting to bring Myanmar case back to UNSC

JAKARTA: The UN Security Council is under “growing pressure” to act against Myanmar’s military regime unless it takes more credible steps toward democracy, Indonesia’s foreign minister said Wednesday.

Hassan Wirajuda said Myanmar’s partners in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) were consulting with Security Council member China and other countries to try to nudge the junta toward genuine democratic reform. “There’s growing pressure to bring the Myanmar case back to the UN Security Council. So we are not sitting quietly, we are doing what we can do to help … ensure a more credible process,” he told reporters.

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Surin: ASEAN to speed up integrated community under its new charter

Surin: ASEAN to speed up integrated community under its new charter

www.chinaview.cn 2008-08-09 15:32:06

JAKARTA, Aug. 9 (Xinhua)– The ASEAN Charter will inspire the regional community with visionary of the people’s prosperity in the future, despite it is still facing many unresolved issues, the organization’s secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan said.

    In an interview with Xinhua after the celebration of the 41st anniversary of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), which fell on Friday, Surin said this is a good time for the member states to reflect on how far ASEAN has come.

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Burma Ratifies ASEAN Charter but opposes Asean rights body

Myanmar Ratifies ASEAN Charter

but opposes Asean rights body

 Myanmar’s military government has said it will oppose any move to invest a new South-East Asian human rights body with investigative and monitoring powers.

Diplomats attending the annual Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) meeting said Myanmar officials were clear about their objections to the body having any monitoring authority.

The body proposed by the 10-member Asean will not have enforcement or prosecution powers.

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Singapore PM calls for speedy ratification of ASEAN charter

Singapore PM calls for speedy ratification of ASEAN charter


SINGAPORE (AFP) — Singapore on Wednesday called for speedy ratification of an ASEAN charter, which requires the bloc to uphold ideals of democracy and human rights and to make legally binding commitments.

In a speech to Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) parliamentarians, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the charter was an important part of the process for ASEAN to establish a single market and manufacturing base by 2015.

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