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Summit boycott threat

Summit boycott threat

Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced that Cambodia will not attend the Asia-Europe

Meeting (ASEM) in Hanoi in October unless the European Union allows Myanmar entry

to the biennial summit.

"If Europe is allowed to include its new members, ASEM needs to include ASEAN's

three members as well," Hun Sen said when addressing an international conference

in Phnom Penh convened by the Cambodian Institute for Co-operation and Peace.

He said last month he feared that the EU's moves to keep Myanmar out would derail

Cambodia's efforts to join the grouping.

Hun Sen said the EU has included its own members "without saying anything at

all but they put conditions on Myanmar, so how can we think that all of Europe is

good? Cambodia must make a sacrifice otherwise ASEAN will be fractured."

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