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Foreign Minister Lauds Burma for Constitution Work

Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong said Wednesday that Burma's military junta had assured Prime Minister Hun Sen it will draft a constitution soon.

The constitution will be finished in 2007, Hor Namhong told reporters at Phnom Penh International Airport on return from talks in Burma, also known as Myanmar.

"After the constitution is drafted, they will convene a national general assembly to pass the constitution," Hor Namhong said, echoing assurances that the junta has made in the past.

High-ranking officials had assured Prime Minister Hun Sen that the constitution would change the political regime, often the target of international pressure for its poor human rights record and the house arrest of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The two countries also agreed on establishing direct flights, in efforts to increase tourism between the two Association of Southeast Asian Nations members, Hor Namhong told reporters.