FMs arrive for ASEAN, comments on Myanmar, Cambodia/Thailand tensions

SHOTLIST 1. Exterior of VIP lounge at Changi airport 2. Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda walking and shaking hands with airport official 3. Myanmar Foreign Minister Nyan Win walking along corridor 4. Win shaking hands with official 5. Cutaway of cameraman 6. Win getting into car 7. Car leaving 8. Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Sahas Bandidkul walking out of airport 9. Sahas getting into car 10. Wide of Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem shaking hands with airport official 11. Wide of news conference 12. SOUNDBITE: (English) Andrew Tan, Conference spokesman: "ASEAN has made it clear its position that the politics should not be meshed with the business of providing aid and offering humanitarian assistance itself. But within the family, ASEAN members will certainly discuss this issue and at the same time get an update from the Myanmar government on the state of political developments. It just had a referendum. They just extended Aung San Suu Kyi's arrest, and they're moving ahead with the roadmap 2010 election. So I think these issues should all be looked at." 13. Cutaway of journalists in news conference 14. SOUNDBITE: (English) Andrew Tan, Conference spokesman: "The way ASEAN has survived all these years is not to allow bilateral disputes to actually affect the grouping's solidarity as well as the grouping's efforts to bank closer together as a regional community. So we encourage both sides (Thailand and Cambodia) to exercise restraint and also to resolve the issue peacefully." 15. Wide of news conference STORYLINE: Asia's annual security dialogue with the United States and Europe kicked off in Singapore on Sunday, weighed down by the recalcitrant regimes in North Korea and Myanmar, as well as spiralling food prices and disaster management. A bubbling border confrontation between Cambodia and Thailand is the latest in a long list of security concerns facing Asian foreign ministers as they get together for the region's premier conference. Foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations arrived in Singapore on Sunday ahead of a working dinner later in the day. They will hold a series of meetings with counterparts from neighbouring countries, culminating in the main event on Thursday, known as the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). At a news conference ahead of official meetings, a conference spokesman, Andrew Tan, spoke about some of the issues to be discussed during the summit. These included the recent Thailand Cambodia border dispute that has seen both countries reinforce troops along a disputed border area. "We encourage both sides (Thailand and Cambodia) to exercise restraint and also to resolve the issue peacefully," Tan told reporters. Also on the agenda will be the behaviour of Myanmar's junta, which has done little to allow democracy and has refused to free opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest. ASEAN has been criticised for doing little to force Myanmar, a fellow member, to change its ways, but was hailed for persuading the junta to accept international aid and relief workers after a devastating cyclone in May. "ASEAN has made it clear its position that the politics should not be meshed with the business of providing aid and offering humanitarian assistance itself," Tan said. "But within the family, ASEAN members will certainly discuss this issue and at the same time get an update from the Myanmar government on the state of political developments," he added. The ARF comprises ASEAN and 16 countries plus the European Union. It will be the highest level of contact between the six countries since 2003 when negotiations began to get North Korea to dismantle its nuclear program in exchange for political and economic incentives. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/f314bba05f549028a73adbded77b51e6 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork

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