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Asian Security Forum Urges Burma To Move Toward Democracy

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Foreign ministers attending Asia's biggest security forum are urging Burma to release political prisoners, resume dialogue with all parties, and readmit a special United Nations envoy. The comments came at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum in Laos on Friday. Burma has been widely criticized for its poor human rights record, including the house arrest of Nobel laureate and democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The military lost a 1990 election, but chose to ignore the result and stay in power. Burma's isolated military government says it is moving toward democracy along a plan outlined in 2003. But a top U.S. diplomat said Friday that the situation in Burma has actually been deteriorating.
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