Myanmar to accept help from ASEAN neighbors

(FROM THE INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE – AN ARTICLE BY SETH MYDANS)

Myanmar agreed Monday to let its Southeast Asian neighbors help coordinate foreign relief assistance for cyclone victims, bending to international pressure to allow in aid, said George Yeo, foreign minister of Singapore.

“We will establish a mechanism so that aid from all over the world can flow into Myanmar,” said Yeo, speaking at an emergency meeting in Singapore of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or Asean, which includes Myanmar.

“Myanmar is also prepared to accept the expertise of international and regional agencies to help in its rehabilitation efforts,” he said at a news conference.

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