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Singapore Talks

Monday, October 22, 2007

On a recent visit to the region Meg met George Yeo, the Foreign Minister of Singapore, to discuss the current situation in Burma. Singapore is currently the Chair of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), who will hold their annual summit in November. Meg was keen to hear Mr. Yeo’s views on the summit and what Burma’s neighbouring countries will do to encourage democratic change in there.


Mr. Yeo felt that the Foreign Ministers of the ASEAN nations had made very clear their revulsion at Burma’s acts when in September they issued their statement at the United Nations General Assembly. They will be discussing the situation in Burma at their summit and believe that it is important to seek to persuade Burma to move towards democracy.


Meg also attended the Singapore Parliament, where 12 questions were put to the Foreign Minister by MPs about the situation in Burma. There have been large demonstrations about the issue in Singapore.


The Foreign Minister stated:


"All parties in Myanmar (Burma) need to take a fresh approach because it is clear that the old way led to nowhere.  …However we must be prepared for negotiations to be long and complicated."


Meg also met Surin Pitsuwan, the Secretary General Designate of ASEAN and a respected Thai politician. They discussed Burma, and he emphasised the importance of involving the neighbouring nations in achieving a solution. 

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Meg is pictured with Surin Pitsuwan.

Meg is pictured with Surin Pitsuwan.

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