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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2736

Canada’s Miss Universe 2005 not visiting to Burma

Ottawa, 12 December, (Asiantribune.com): Miss Universe 2005 Natalie Glebova is not visiting to Burma, confirmed New York-based Miss Universe Organization (MUO).

“We have spoken to Natalie Glebova directly and she is not participating in any pageant activity in Burma,” informed by public relation personnel from MUO in an email message, adding that “The press has been misinformed.”

The article "Miss Universe Coming to Burma" appeared last week on Burmese version of ‘Myanmar Time’ weekly journal in Burma, quoting a source from a sponsored company that is holding the third beauty contest known as “Ancient Beauty” on Dec. 16 and 17, 2007. The article link: www.myanmar.mmtimes.com/2007/timeout/339/t004.htm

The news raised a wave of concerns in Canada, as she is a Canadian and was also crowned with Miss Canada 2005. Canadian Friends of Burma (CFOB) issued an action alert on this matter on Dec. 7 and contacted Miss Universe Canada and Miss Universe Organization; a number of public messages poured in, expressing concerns on her reported role in the contest.

“I am really glad to hear that news,” said Ashin Mettacara, a Burmese Buddhist monk currently studying in Sri Lanka, adding “we can confirm that she will not take part in the junta’s activities.” The young monk posted the news on her reported trip and called a campaign on his web blog.

- Asian Tribune -

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