Myanmar state media accuses Clinton of ASEAN interference

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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