ASEAN Leaders Met; Raised Concerns Over Myanmar

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met in its 16th summit in Hanoi, Vietnam Thursday, April 8 with the upcoming elections in Myanmar as one of the top concerns.420px-Seal-of-ASEAN

Legislators from the ten member nations urged their leaders to put Myanmar on the limelight to ensure that fair and inclusive elections will be held. The military junta currently ruling the nation has put some laws for the coming elections where some opposition leaders and political prisoners were barred from running for elective positions.

Meanwhile, Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will no longer be attending the summit due to the continued unrest in the country.

Other concerns to be raised in the summit, which will end April 9, are economic integration and climate change.

The ASEAN is consisted of Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos, Singapore, Cambodia, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines. It was formed in 1967. East Timor, which gained independence in 2002, is in an “observer” status.