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dArKeR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 01:29 AM
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Myanmar backs out of reform talks
BANGKOK: Myanmar has pulled out of planned international talks on prospects for democracy in the military-run state, saying it needed to focus instead on its upcoming national convention, Thailand said on Friday. "Myanmar has officially notified us that they cannot attend as their foreign minister (Win Aung) is one of the key organisers of the national convention and he is busy preparing for it," Thai foreign ministry spokesman Sihasak Phuangketkaeow told AFP.

The second "Bangkok Process" meeting was due to take place April 29 and 30, less than three weeks before Myanmar launches its convention, the first step in its self-proclaimed "road map to democracy", on May 17. "Thailand and Myanmar will choose a new date, likely after May 17," Sihasak said.
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