In Asia more pressure on Myanmar, says Philippine’s Romulo
Also in Asia there is persisent pressure on Myanmar, said the Philippines’ Foreign Minister Arturo Romulo after meeting with Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja in Helsinki on Sunday, 10 September. The Philippines is the current president of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Romulo was hoping to see the military junta’s leader Than Shwe in the ASEAN Summit in the Philippines in December.
Romulo visited Myanmar in August and said to Tuomioja “they were very persistent” in urging the military government to adopt democratic changes. ASEAN President demanded the release of the detained Aung San Suu Kyi and insisted that the opposion parties be allowed to participate in an electoral process.
We did invite the junta’s leader Than Shwe to come to the December summit, said Romulo. The reclusive general has never before attended any of the Asean summits.
Tuomioja congratulated the Philippines for the abolition of the death penalty in June. “It is an important signal for the world community and hopefully an incentive for other countries in the region to follow your example”, he said.
The ministers also discussed the peace process in the province of Mindanao and the prospect of a peace treaty to be signed in the near future.