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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 72

India's friends of Aung San Sui Kyi urge President Kalam

[b]India's friends of Aung San Sui Kyi urge President Kalam not to visit Myanmar[/b]

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

[b]New Delhi, 08 February ([/b] India's friends of Aung San Sui Kyi have urged President APJ Abdul Kalam to put off his planned state visit to Myanmar next month. Participating in a seminar on India's role for National Reconciliation in Burma", academics, Parliamentarians and social activists have voiced the view that the Kalam visit be put on hold "till the military junta releases Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest" and provides "full and unrestricted access" to the U N Secretary General's Special Envoy on Myanmar Sergio Pinheiro to facilitate national reconciliation processes and monitor human rights situations in the country.

"It has been a shame that India has not been able to demand even the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a recipient of Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding from house arrest in their discussion with the State Peace and Development Council," Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) and co-organiser of the seminar, remarked.

Saying it is an 'inopportune' time for India's first citizen to visit Yangon; Chakma pointed out that UN Secretary General's Special Envoy Razali Ismail had been denied permission for the past three years to visit the hermit kingdom forcing his resignation from the UN assignment. The Security Council has already discussed Burma issue. Four Permanent Members urged China to prevail upon the junta to facilitate outside contact for Nobel laureate.

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