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ASEAN threatens to cancel EU meeting over Myanmar
07:11 a.m. Feb 18, 1999 Eastern
JAKARTA, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Indonesia on Thursday warned that the
Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) would cancel talks with the
European Union if the row over Myanmar was not resolved.

The EU, citing Myanmar's appalling human rights record, has refused to allow
its officials to attend a meeting of the two groups next month in Berlin.

``If the problem is not resolved then there will be no meeting,'' Indonesian
Foreign Minister Ali Alatas told reporters after meeting his Myanmar
counterpart Win Aung.

``There is no formula of ASEAN minus one or two. ASEAN is ASEAN as a whole.
We are all united,'' Myanmar's Win Aung told reporters.

Military-ruled Myanmar is one of ASEAN's youngest members, admitted to the
nine-member association 18 months ago.

It also groups Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, the
Philippines, Vietnam and Laos.