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Lawmakers Urge ASEAN to Bring Burma Before Security Council


Lawmakers from Southeast Asian nations say countries in the region must take stronger measures to push military-ruled Burma to make democratic reforms.

Legislators from the Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations met in Kuala Lumpur Saturday. They said ASEAN should bring Burma before the United Nations Security Council.

ASEAN generally adheres to a policy of non-interference with member states, but it says Burma's refusal to reform is damaging the group's credibility throughout the world.

Burma's military government has tight control over the country. The opposition National League for Democracy won parliamentary elections in 1990, but was never allowed to take power. Its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has spent more than a decade under house arrest.

ASEAN is to discuss Burma during ministerial meetings in Kuala Lumpur next week.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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