There are still arguments for ASEAN to abandon its long standing policy of non-interference in another country’s internal affairs if the affairs of a country spilled over and affected regional security. ASEAN’s policy-makers have to debate on the Burma Question in the forthcoming ASEAN meetings. ASEAN should have a specific evaluation of its policy towards Burma under the military dictatorship for the sake of the association’s reliability in favor of the whole region.

– Extracted from Zin Linn, “Burma’s undemocratic polls will bring shame on ASEAN”, Asian Tribune, 24 June 2010.