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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Myanmar Suspension Call Rejected

SINGAPORE -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Sunday rejected the U.S. Senate's call to suspend Myanmar, saying the military-ruled country is part of the family and must be disciplined with dialogue.

"Myanmar is part of our family and it is the principle involved," ASEAN secretary-general Ong Keng Yong told reporters a day before an annual summit of Southeast Asian leaders meets in Singapore. "If you have a troubled child, do you say, 'Go to the sanitarium, go out of the house, I don't want to talk to you?'"

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution Saturday urging ASEAN to consider "appropriate disciplinary measures, including suspension, until such time as the government of [Myanmar] has demonstrated improved respect for and commitment to human rights."

The resolution, introduced by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, urged ASEAN to take "substantial steps to ensure peaceful transition to democracy in [Myanmar]."