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Re: UN chief says world is frustrated with Myanmar

PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 10:15 pm
by CielOnTap
Compare the two news reports about the UN Secretary-General's visit to Myanmar: one from a paper operated by Myanmar exiles and the other a Reuters story seen on Yahoo.

UN Chief’s Visit Fails to Bend Junta’s Iron Will

By WAI MOE Saturday, July 4, 2009

Hardliner generals in Naypyidaw have demonstrated once again how completely unyielding they can be to the demands of anybody who does not see Burma’s future exactly the same way they do.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has completed his second trip to Burma in little over a year without meeting opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi or winning any concessions from Snr-Gen Than Shwe, the head of the ruling junta.

According to reports from Burma, Ban met with Than Shwe again on Saturday, only to have his request for a chance to speak with Suu Kyi shot down a second time.

The Reuters article:
U.N.'s Ban rebukes Myanmar generals over Suu Kyi
Sat Jul 4, 1:09 PM
By Louis Charbonneau

YANGON (Reuters) - U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon rebuked Myanmar's generals on Saturday for denying him a visit to see detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and said she should be allowed to take part in politics before 2010 elections.

The U.N. Secretary-General expressed "deep disappointment" at the end of a two-day visit to the military-ruled state.

In a rare speech in Yangon to a crowd of about 500 diplomats, state officials, non-governmental organizations and opposition politicians, Ban sharply criticized Myanmar for its human rights record and its failure to free political prisoners.

There was no applause during Ban's speech but his rebuke of the generals in front of a local audience prompted murmurs throughout the crowd at Yangon's Drug Elimination Museum.

Re: UN chief says world is frustrated with Myanmar

PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2009 6:34 pm
by CielOnTap

UN Chief Ban Ki-moon in Myanmar

Re: UN chief says world is frustrated with Myanmar

PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2009 11:38 am
by deja vu
YANGON, Myanmar - U.S. Sen. Jim Webb won the release Saturday of an American prisoner convicted in Myanmar and sentenced to seven years in prison for swimming secretly to the residence of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the senator's office said.

Yettaw, 53, is to be officially deported Sunday, when he will fly with Webb on a military aircraft to Bangkok, according to a statement from Webb's office.

Before his conviction on Tuesday, Yettaw had spent several days in a prison hospital for epileptic seizures. He is also said to suffer from asthma and diabetes. ... iapacific/

With his medical history why did he risk such a move? It's dangerous enough if your healthy but his history and poor medical conditions it's even more dangerous. He's lucky that he's going home, I can only imagine how bad the conditions are in a Myanmar prison. Now if they would let Aung San Suu Kyi leave the country as well that would be a huge victory. She gains freedom and medical help and the gov't rids itself of the person that they are so terrified of. She represents all that they fear.

Re: UN chief says world is frustrated with Myanmar

PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:53 pm
by CielOnTap
This article indicates the power plays going on in Myanmar by the junta, US and China. It isn't just the democratic leader's trial and house arrest that have everyone's attention--it's the power (real or perceived). Political chess.

Aug 18, 2009
Realpolitik revealed in Myanmar release
By Brian McCartan

BANGKOK - United States Senator Jim Webb's trip to military ruled Myanmar highlights again the difficulties of dealing with the ruling generals and brings into focus the debate over the usefulness of sanctions and the perceived growing influence of China in the region.

Webb flew into the capital of Myanmar, Naypyidaw, on Friday and held two days of discussions with senior regime leaders. The visit marked the second time Webb has traveled to Myanmar; he went previously as a private citizen in 2001. His trip as chairman of the East Asia and Pacific Affairs Sub-committee is part of a five-country fact-finding tour to explore opportunities for expanding US interests in the region. The visit made Webb the first US congressman in a decade to visit Myanmar.

At a press conference in Bangkok on Sunday, Webb said he made three requests of the generals: consider the release of John Yettaw on humanitarian grounds; grant permission for a meeting with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi; and consider his "strong recommendation" to free Suu Kyi and allow her full participation in the political process.

Re: UN chief says world is frustrated with Myanmar

PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 3:25 pm
by burnt fare
Team USA needs to not be so jumpy. So China holds much of US currency. Give value to the currency and be less a bully in the world's sphere. But if Team USA keeps popping into situations, then whose versions of foreign policy are being implemented? Many sticky fingers in this pie!

Myanmar's government wants power and assets and basically won't play ball without benefits. Just like North Korea.

Re: UN chief says world is frustrated with Myanmar

PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:47 am
by southernfry
PYAPON, Myanmar - In the dried mud of the Irrawaddy Delta, workers are welding together the final pieces of a natural-gas pipeline that the country’s ruling generals say will keep the lights on in Yangon, Myanmar’s main city, after years of debilitating blackouts.

Residents who for years were lucky to get eight hours of power a day may soon have the luxury of refrigerators that stay cold and televisions that stay on. ... ork_times/

Change is great until the guy in changes his mind. I think he will the moment his family or his so called wealth is threatened. He took from the people of Myanmar, now he wants to protect that money as if it truly was his and that he came about it honestly.

Re: UN chief says world is frustrated with Myanmar

PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:33 pm
by deja vu
Faced with a requirement to expel its most influential leader, the party opted not to contest the elections, the first Burma will have in 20 years.

The election laws bar anyone serving a prison term from standing in the polls. They also ban those with criminal convictions from becoming members of political parties. Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace laureate and general secretary of the NLD, was convicted of breaching the terms of her house arrest after an American entered her compound last year.

An election that has already being decided. Going through the motions doesn't change the fact this so called election is a joke. The crooks in office wont change and they will probably announce that the people voted them in honestly.

Re: UN chief says world is frustrated with Myanmar

PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 7:04 pm
by deja vu
The Burmese government has denied recent reports that it is developing a nuclear weapons programme. A statement from the foreign ministry said foreign media reports alleging such a programme were "politically motivated". The Norway-based Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) broadcaster had run a documentary based on a defector's information about a nuclear plan. US Senator Jim Webb cancelled a planned trip to Burma due to the reports. ... 299982.stm

If they are cooperating with North Korea, this could be trouble. We have enough already, don't need anymore thrown into the mix.

Re: UN chief says world is frustrated with Myanmar

PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 4:25 pm
by deja vu
Myanmar's pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, walked free Saturday after seven years as a prisoner in her own home, calling on a sea of jubilant supporters to unite in the face of repression.

Waving and smiling, the Nobel Peace Prize winner appeared outside the crumbling lakeside mansion where she had been locked up by the military rulers, to huge cheers and clapping from the waiting crowds. ... story.html

Free at last but for how long? As much as she wants to fight the battle within the country she should consider leaving so she isn't locked up again. It wont take much for the Dictators to change their mind.

Re: UN chief says world is frustrated with Myanmar

PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 12:27 pm
by pysanky
When next cyclone type event happens to Myanmar, Aung Suu Kyi probably given Western help to distribute if she still free. Military leaders still have stain of last cyclone event sticking to their roles and positions, their people suffered and continue suffering. If foreign currency not come into country during crisis, would food aid be allowed at all? Greedy people have lousy karma-bad intent and bad actions.