17 Nov '11, 11am

#Myanmar to host the 2014 #ASEAN Summit:

#Myanmar to host the 2014 #ASEAN Summit:

Asean heads of state at the opening ceremony of the 19th Asean Summit on Nov 17. South-east Asia's leaders have agreed to allow Myanmar's military-backed government to chair their bloc in 2014. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AFP) - South-east Asian leaders agreed on Thursday to allow Myanmar's military-backed government to chair their bloc in 2014, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said. 'The leaders of Asean... have formally expressed the view and reached their consensus that designates Myanmar as chair of Asean in 2014,' he said at an Association of South-east Asian Nations summit on the Indonesian island of Bali. The decision to give the nominally civilian government the diplomatic prize comes after a series of tentative reformist steps this year, but in the face of warnings from the United States that the move would be premature. 'All leaders ...

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