Monday, December 12, 2005

Something semi-encouraging regarding Burma

The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has issued a more-strongly-worded-than-usual statement regarding the (lack of) progress Burma has made on it's "roadmap to democracy".

ASEAN makes it a point to keep out of members' internal doings, but a couple of things are compelling them to take a stronger stand vs the Burmese junta:

1. ASEAN is working up a new charter calling for more freedom, democracy, and good governance. Burma is a sterling anti-example of all this.

2. ASEAN is in the best position to put pressure on the junta, and the rest of the world is reminding the members of this fact.

If they're serious about it, ASEAN could have some impact. However, the junta is making too much money in the drug trade to feel much pressure from trade sanctions or any statements, strongly worded or not.

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