06 May '11, 5am

ASEAN considers giving Myanmar chair: officials: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is consideri...

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is considering giving military-led Myanmar the chair of the grouping in 2014, despite grave concerns about human rights abuses and sham democracy. Senior ASEAN officials gathering in Jakarta ahead of a leadership summit at the weekend said Myanmar -- also known as Burma -- had sought the chair of the 10-nation bloc in 2014, when communist Laos was due to take the job. "Myanmar feels that this is it, this is their chance," an ASEAN diplomatic source told AFP on the sidelines of the discussions. Myanmar relinquished the chance to chair ASEAN in 2006 due to international pressure for democratic reforms, but only on the condition that it could ask to lead the group at any time if it felt it was ready, officials said. Human Rights Watch said giving the chair to Myanmar -- a pariah state in the democratic world and a notorious h...

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