24 July 2007
|Ong Keng Yong|
Speaking with reporters in Singapore on Monday, Secretary-General Ong Keng Yong said the charter will stress "responsibility and obligation" of membership in the Association for South East Asian Nations.
Burma has long been a problem for the 10-nation group because of its poor human rights record and its detention of activists, including Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.
A draft of the new charter will be presented to ASEAN members next week when they meet in the Philippines.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.