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Myanmar appoints Suu Kyi 'liaison'

Myanmar appoints Suu Kyi 'liaison'
Al Jazeera English - News - Myanmar Appoints Suu Kyi 'Liaison'

Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house
arrest for most of the past 14 years [AFP]

Myanmar's military rulers have appointed a cabinet official to act as a liaison possible talks between the government and Aung San Suu Kyi, the detained opposition leader.

The appointment of Aung Kyi, a retired major-general, as a "minister of relations" follows intense international pressure on Myanmar in the wake of the bloody crackdown on anti-government protests.

The appointment is being seen as a conciliatory gesture by Myanmar's ruling junta which has said it hopes to achieve "smooth relations" with the opposition leader.

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"Where are the peace and human rights defenders of the world (the super powers)? They haven't done enough in this case. Isn't there oil in Myanmar?"


However, the regime has previously said that Aung San Suu Kyi's release is not imminent.

On Tuesday the National League for Democracy, the party founded by Aung San Suu Kyi, gave a cautious welcome to the announcement.

"It is a good sign. It is the way it should be," NLD spokesman Nyan Win told Reuters. "It shows they seem to have become a little more pragmatic."

The NLD won a massive election landslide in elections held in 1990, but the military refused to recognise the result.

Speaking at a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York on Monday, special envoy Ibrahim Gambari said he had proposed creating a liaison officer during his talks in Myanmar earlier this month.

"I said to them 'It's now time, it's your country, it's the future of your country that is at stake, it's the sovereignty of your people that has to be addressed and the earlier you start talking directly the better,'" Gambari told council members.
During Monday's closed-door council meeting, China pressed for a watering down of a Western-sponsored draft resolution condemning Myanmar's rulers and the recent crackdown.

China is Myanmar's biggest trading partner and a key ally.

After nearly three hours of what were described as "constructive" talks the sponsors agreed to come up with a revised text taking into account the amendments.

The US, Britain and France introduced the initial draft on Friday after the council heard a report from Gambari.

The text was to condemn "the violent repression of peaceful demonstrations" by Myanmar's rulers, and urge them to "cease repressive measures" and release detainees as well as all political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi.

China is against prescribing fixed steps for
Myanmar to take to defuse the crisis [AFP]
Diplomats said there was consensus on calling the repression of peaceful protests "unacceptable", on the need for dialogue and national reconciliation, and for expressing support for Gambari's mission.

But China, backed by several other delegations, insisted on replacing the word "condemn" by "strongly deplore", as well as removing a reference to consideration of "further steps", suggesting instead that the council continues to monitor the situation.

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The appointment of Aung Kyi as a liaison between the opposition and Myanmar's government was announced in the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper on Tuesday.

In a brief official announcement on its front page it said that Aung Kyi had been appointed "minister for relations" to co-ordinate contacts with Aung San Suu Kyi.

The announcement did not say when any first meeting might take place, but the paper suggested that the opposition leaderwould remain under house arrest until a new constitution was approved – seen by most analysts as a dim and distant prospect.

It also gave short shrift to the demands of the thousands who joined last month's protests crushed by the army.

"The three demands of the protesters - lowering consumer prices, release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and political prisoners, and national reconciliation - cannot be satisfied through protest," the paper said in a commentary.
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Its a start, albeit a poor one, Also today (wednesday) China gave a firm NO to any possible sanctions.
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Myanmar bars Suu Kyi from elections

Myanmar bars Suu Kyi from elections
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Asean criticised Aung San Suu Kyi's exclusion but said it was powerless to act [GALLO/GETTY]


Aung San Suu Kyi will be barred from running for elections in Myanmar under a draft constitution proposed by the country's military government, because she has been married to a foreigner.


The Myanmar opposition leader and Nobel peace laureate was married to Michael Aris, a British citizen who died of cancer in the UK in 1999.


The government's announcement comes ahead of a May referendum on the new constitution which, if approved, will pave the way for democratic elections in 2010.


The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), which includes Myanmar among its 10-nation membership, criticised the move on Wednesday but said it was powerless to do anything.


Speaking at an Asean meeting in Singapore, Nyan Win, Myanmar's foreign minister, confirmed the new charer would bar Aung San Suu Kyi from running for public office.


"This is their own country, this is their own history. What can we do about it?"

George Yeo, Singapore foreign minister

George Yeo, Singapore's foreign minister, said Nyan Win told regional ministers that a Myanmar citizen with a foreign spouse and non-citizen children would be disqualified under the new constitution, as is the case in the 1974 document.


Aung San Suu Kyi, who remains under house arrest, is the mother of two British children.


Yeo said the Asean ministers found the exclusion clause "not [in] keeping with the times" saying that it would be "very odd" in any member country of the regional grouping.


But he added: "This is their own country, this is their own history. What can we do about it?"


Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party has denounced the restrictions as "unjust", saying the military was preparing for elections before knowing the outcome of the referendum.


"There is not yet a law to govern the elections which are to be held in 2010. It's unjust for the authorities to talk in advance about the elections," NLD spokesman Nyan Win told AFP.


The NLD won a landslide victory in 1990 elections, but the military refused to recognise the result.


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The new constitution is expected to ensure the
military remains the top power [AFP]
The final version of the proposed constitution has not been released, but previous reports in state media have suggested that in addition to barring Aung San Suu Kyi from public office there will be strict limits on the activities of political parties.


It is also expected to include provisions reserving one quarter of seats in parliament for serving military officers and give them a veto over legislation.


Reports have also suggested that the military commander in chief will be the most powerful figure in the country, and able to appoint key ministers and hold power in "times of emergency".


The draft constitution took more than 14 years to complete and was only approved by a government-appointed commission without consulting opposition groups.


Aung Zaw, an exiled Myanmar activist and editor of the magazine Irrawaddy, said the planned referendum on the new constitution would only plunge the country into further chaos.


"People in Burma are in no mood to cooperate with the military junta, particularly after the bloody crackdown in September," he told Al Jazeera.


Earlier this week, Ibrahim Gambari, the UN special envoy to Myanmar visited Beijing in an effort to push China, a key ally of Myanmar, to persuade the ruling military to "co-operate concretely" in moves towards democracy.


China and others, he said, should send "the right message, the right signals" to the ruling generals to achieve the objective of "a peaceful, united, prosperous, stable, democratic Myanmar with full respect for the human rights of its people".


Gambari said he expected to be allowed to return to Myanmar, adding that it was too soon to say if the UN would be involved in the process of moving the country toward democracy.

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^^^^^^I searched the news left and rght, I looked high and low and I could find nothing where China has condemned this act as being nothing more than cowardice............Hmm Go Figure.............
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MBWorld was how I found out about this site.
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It seems there are 45 to 50 posts regarding the tyranny and repression of the Burmese people by the Burmese military junta on this thread, did you happen to read that, if so your point is.................
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MBWorld OT, now there is some tyranny and opression.........
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I had a Burmese cat named Inky when I was a kid. He didn't seem overly aggressive at all.

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My point is that you are irrelevant! Get a grip!!

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