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ASEAN seeking a role in North Korea diplomacy

Former secretary-general proposes sending a special envoy to the six-party talks

Former ASEAN secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan speaks in a seminar in Tokyo.

TOKYO -- A former top official from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations said Friday that the 10-member group could play a peace broker role in the ongoing crisis over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

"I [would] like to see the appointment of an ARF special envoy on the Korean Peninsula," said Surin Pitsuwan, former secretary-general of ASEAN. ARF refers to the ASEAN Regional Forum, a group that discusses security issues and include all members of ASEAN and the six-party security talks on North Korea: the U.S., Japan, China, Russia, North and South Korea.

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