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Parliamentarians chastise Indian Government to take stronger stand against Burmese Army rulers.

New Delhi, 26 May, (Asiantribunr.com): The Indian Parliamentarians’ Forum for Democracy (IPFDB) has urged the Burma’s State Peace d Development Council (SPDC) to release Aung San Suu Kyi immediately from the house arrest and start meaningful dialogue with National League for Democracy (NLD) to solve the political problems in Burma.

In a statement, the Indian Parliamentarians Forum emphasized its strong support for the Aung San Suu Kyi-led democracy movement and for a national reconciliation in Burma.

Indian Parliamentarians appealed to the Indian government take a stronger stand against Burma’s military, which failed to bring the country and its long suffering people any closer to democratic transition. “Let us not forget our own freedom struggle and the fact that many Indian leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Prime Minister Nehru had languished in jails,” IPFDB statement exhorted the Indian Government..

The Parliamentarians pointed out “The situation in Burma affect India’s peace and security since Burma is sharing 1600 km border with India. Regional security will continue to be affected by a paranoid and unstable regime that is intent on flooding drugs and refugees to its neighbors.”

The full text of the statement released by the Indian Parliamentarians’ Forum for Democracy in Burma (IPFDB) is given below:

The Indian Parliamentarians’ Forum for Democracy in Burma (IPFDB) met in New Delhi on 22 May 2006 to discuss the current scenario in Burma.

We are deeply concerned about the deteriorating political situation and worsening human rights situation in Burma. Political activists inside Burma have been arrested, tortured, imprisoned and killed by the military. Members of the Aung San Suu Kyi led National League for Democracy (NLD) which won the Burmese Parliamentary Elections in 1990 have been targeted and pressured to quit the party by the regime.

Moreover, we are also aware that the Burmese army has launched its biggest military campaign in recent memory against the ethnic Karen and others in eastern Burma. It is reported that Burmese troops have uprooted more than 15,000 ethnic minorities as part of attacks on civilians that includes killing, torture, and the burning of villages.

Nobel peace laureate and opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi has been in prison or under house arrest in the country for the last three years, with her telephone disconnected and all visitors barred apart from her housemaid and doctor.

We welcome the move of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to hold an unprecedented briefing on Burma as well as the recent visit of UN’s under Secretary General Mr. Ibrahim Gambari to Burma. We see this trip as a positive step since he was able to see the detained democratic leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. But we still need to wait and see whether the regime’s move was just to rebuff the growing international criticism on its human rights abuses. The UN Security Council is expected to have a briefing on Burma by Mr. Gambari next week and we hope that the UN will be more actively involved in Burma’s national reconciliation and democratization process.

We feel that the Indian government should take a stronger stand against Burma’s military which failed to bring the country and its long suffering people any closer to democratic transition. Let us not forget our own freedom struggle and the fact that many Indian leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Prime Minister Nehru had languished in jails.

The situation in Burma affect India’s peace and security since Burma is sharing 1600 km border with India. Regional security will continue to be affected by a paranoid and unstable regime that is intent on flooding drugs and refugees to its neighbors.

The IPFDB hopes that the Government of India will not shy away from bringing about political reforms in Burma just because of its economic interests and energy requirements.

Many political analysts and international campaigners have expressed hope in the crucial and important role that India can play and are urging for India’s active involvement in the democratization process in Burma.

The Indian Government should take into consideration the international expectations especially when the United Nations itself has made such attempts and thus the Government should review its policy on Burma.

We urge the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), ruling military regime in Burma to consider the power-sharing transitional arrangement proposed by the NLD and convene the Parliament.

We urge the SPDC not to extend the period of Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention and immediately release her and to start meaningful dialogue with NLD to solve the political problems in Burma.

IPFDB wishes to reiterate its strong support for the Aung San Suu Kyi-led democracy movement and for national reconciliation in Burma.

- Asian Tribune -

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