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Malaysian Diplomat Hopes to Confirm Burma Reforms

Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar says he hope to visit Burma soon to see evidence of democratic reform.

The state Bernama news agency quoted Mr. Syed Hamid Saturday as saying discussions are being held with Burma's Minister of Foreign Affairs to set a date for the trip. The Malaysian diplomat said he hopes to visit the military-ruled country this month.

At the three-day Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) summit in Kuala Lumpur in December, Mr. Syed Hamid was chosen to lead an ASEAN delegation to visit Burma to observe democratic reforms.

Burma welcomed the visit, but did not set a specific date.

Mr. Syed Hamid said results from the visit are vital in keeping up the integrity and credibility of ASEAN.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.