Thai PM says Myanmar rejects help with election

AP News
Posted: Oct 12, 2010 5:52 AM
Thai PM says Myanmar rejects help with election

Thailand's prime minister says Myanmar has rejected any help to carry out its upcoming election.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Tuesday he offered Thailand's assistance Monday during an official visit to Myanmar. He met his counterpart Prime Minister Thein Sein and reclusive junta chief Senior Gen. Than Shwe.

Myanmar's election on Nov. 7 will be its first in 20 years, after the junta refused to recognize the results of the 1990 vote. Critics say the new vote is being held under unfair and undemocratic conditions to cement the junta's power.

Abhisit told reporters in Bangkok he conveyed the international community's concerns. Myanmar's leaders replied they were "aware of the concerns, but did not want any outside help."