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Yomiuri: Hashimoto Voiced for Democ
- Subject: Yomiuri: Hashimoto Voiced for Democ
- From: ktint@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sat, 11 Jan 1997 09:01:00
Subject: Yomiuri: Hashimoto Voiced for Democracy in Burma
Daily Yomiuri, Jan 11, 97
Hashimoto: Promote Democracy in Myanmar
Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto urged the Association
of the Southeast Asian Nations on Friday to promote democracy in Myanmar,
which is expected to join the regional grouping soon.
During a 90-minute meeting at Merdeka Palace, Hashimoto
told Indonesian President Suharto that ASEAN membership should not be
used as a cover for government oppression in Myanmar, Japanese officials
"We hope the admission will be dealt with in a way that
helps improve the situation there," Hashimoto was quoted as saying.
In response, Suharto said it was important for ASEAN
members to bring Myanmar into the international arena and that a tough
approach would backfire.
Suharto said he would use this year's unofficial ASEAN
summit meeting to propose regular summit meetings between ASEAN and Japan.
He also assured Hashimoto that Indonesia's national car
policy did not put Japanese automobile imports at a disadvantage, the
officials said. Hashimoto said Japan had no objection as long as the
policy was in accordance with World Trade Organization rules.