UK cautions ASEAN from allowing Myanmar leadership

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Posted: May 18, 2011 3:09 AM
UK cautions ASEAN from allowing Myanmar leadership

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.