ASEAN Tackles Burma and Regional Disaster Relief

420px-Seal-of-ASEANThe Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will be meeting this Friday, July 23. The forum will include regional disaster response and relief and the upcoming elections in Burma as topics.

The group is concerned whether Burma will hold an upcoming election freely and fairly. Ministers from the member nations expressed directly to the military leaders of the nation officially known as the Union of Myanmar to hold an inclusive election. Up to this moment, pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is still banned from taking part in the elections.

Meanwhile, leaders are planning to highly improve civil and military coordination when responding to natural disasters, which are occurrences that are common in the region. Such natural disasters include earthquakes, storms and volcanic eruptions. Climate change will become a big concern to the area as rising sea levels and extreme weather may cause a major threat.

The ASEAN is the largest security forum in Asia. It has a prevailing free trade agreement among member nations and China.