Southeast Asian leaders: Lift Burma sanctions

Southeast Asian leaders have called on Western countries, including the European Union, to lift punitive sanctions imposed on Burma.

The leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations made the call Wednesday at the end of a two-day summit in the Cambodian capital. The summit was attended by Burma

President Thein Sein, who received a flurry of praise for recent democratic reforms in his country that have surprised even its harshest critics.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said the leaders' appeal for the lifting of sanctions would first be relayed to the EU, which punished formerly military-ruled Burma for massive human rights violations.