Myanmar state media accuses Clinton of ASEAN interference
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Last Updated: Sunday, July 26, 2009, 20:35
Yangon: Myanmar's state media on Sunday accused US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of interfering with the internal affairs of Southeast Asia and said America's troops in Asia threatened world security.

Clinton attended Asia's largest security forum in Thailand last week where she urged Myanmar's military rulers to set pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi free, dangling the carrot of future business ties.

She also called for democratic reforms in the country and said expelling Myanmar from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) if Suu Kyi was not released would be an "appropriate" measure to consider.

"This is really interfering with ASEAN's internal affairs," said the state-run Myanma Ahlin newspaper.

"If ASEAN obeys the US Secretary of State, ASEAN will be under the US' influence," the comment piece said.

During the meetings in Phuket, Clinton expressed concerns about the possibility that North Korea was transferring weapons and nuclear technology to Myanmar.

However, in what Clinton later described as an "encouraging" move, Myanmar made a surprising show of support for sanctions designed to squeeze North Korea over its nuclear ambitions.

But the Myanma Ahlin article showed little sign of improved relations with the US, criticising its presence in Afghanistan.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, July 26, 2009, 20:35

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