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Friday September 28, 2007

PM: Asean's constructive engagement with junta has failed

MYT 4:23:11 PM

NEW YORK: The crackdown on protests in Myanmar shows that Asean's constructive engagement with the military government of that country has failed, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi says. 

"It has been the formula used when we deal with Myanmar but up to this stage, it has not been successful although it has been many years already,” the Prime Minister said. 

He acknowledged that Thursday's statement from Asean (Association of South-East Asian Nations), which expressed revulsion over the violent force used against the demonstrators, was unprecedented because of its bluntness. 

"It can be seen as a climax, a result of the sentiments of Asean foreign ministers,” he told Malaysian journalists here on Thursday evening. 

Abdullah is here to attend the 62nd UN general assembly. 

He said the process towards democratisation in Myanmar sometimes appeared not to be moving at all and said the country must abide with Asean's demands. 

He added that Asean was giving its full backing to the UN’s special envoy to Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari.  

Speaking to reporters later, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said there were no reports of Malaysians being involved in any of the troubles in Myanmar. 

However, he said Malaysians planning a trip there should be aware of the situation in Myanmar. 

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