Thai FM expects briefing from Burma

By The Nation

Hanoi - Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya expected Burma to brief the Asean leaders on the current situation there especially the upcoming election.

Kasit said here this morning that the planned election should be free, fair and inclusive. He added that the election laws must provide an enabling environment for such outcome.

The Asean leaders are scheduled to meet informally tomorrow's night ahead of the summit. The Burmese issue is featured high along with the South China Sea. Both are sensitive topics which are not listed in the official agenda.

Earlier today, the Asean foreign ministers launched the Asean Commission for Protection of Woman and Child (ACWC). ACWC still has yet out ways to align with the Asean Intergovernmental Commission for Human Rights (AICHR).

An informed Asean source said that the Philippines wants ACWC to come under AICHR. Thailand has been consistent in saying that ACWC can complement the AICHR activities in promoting and protecting human rights.

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