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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2490

More Pressure on Burma to join Democratic Mainstream

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

United Nations, 07 October (Asiantribune.com): Forcing the United Nations Security Council to adopt a binding resolution that will require the Burmese military junta to implement a plan for national reconciliation and transition to democracy, a three-member delegation from the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) wanted the UN to get Burma, or officially known as Myanmar, to agree to particular phases and timeframe in that process.

The delegation said on Wednesday that the situation in Burma is "rapidly deteriorating."

The delegation is part of ASEAN inter-parliamentary caucus dealing with the democratization issue of Burma.

The UN Security Council held its first official session on Burma last week, at which the United States and its allies advocated a resolution to pressure the country’s military regime to stop jailing political opponents, persecuting minorities and flooding the region with refugees.

"We can no longer tolerate the situation, Please do something more concrete rather than just playing lip-service diplomatically, which is no real solution in the situation," Indonesian parliamentarian Djoko Susilo told a new conference here.

With Susilo, Filipino Member of Parliament, Loretta Ann Rosales and Thai Senator John Ungphakorn are members of the Asian Inter-parliamentarian Myanmar Caucus who traveled to New York seeking support for UN Security Council Action on Burma.

The military has governed Burma since 1962 when General Ne Win took power toppling the democratic regime of U Thakin Nu. The current military junta has been at the helm since 1988, and disregarded the landslide parliamentary victory in 1990 of National League of Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi who is under house arrest since then.

Western nations had fought to get the issue on the Security Council agenda over the objections of China, Russia, Qatar and Congo, who are also member of the Security Council, who maintained that the junta was not a threat to international peace and security.

The United States was largely responsible in getting the issue of Burma on the Security Council agenda. The Council discussed the issue last week.

- Asian Tribune -

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