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NCGUB Applauds Canada For Burma Sanctions 'At Opportune Time'

Thursday, November 15 2007, 09:10 PM EST
Prime Minister Dr Sein Win said, "I believe the sanctions by Canada are a clear message to the Burmese generals that the steps taken by them are not convincing enough. They also contribute to the diplomatic efforts by the United Nations to democratize Burma.

National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma
15 November 2007

Press Release
NCGUB Applauds Canada For Burma Sanctions 'At Opportune Time'

The National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB) warmly welcomes the decision of the Government of Canada to impose extensive and comprehensive sanctions on the Burmese military junta. The decision is in line with the promise that Prime Minister Harper made recently to appropriately respond to the brutal suppression of peaceful demonstrators, including monks, in Burma.

The sanctions also come as a warning to the Burmese generals, who after initiating some semblance of a dialog with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for the sake of easing international pressure, are now taking steps to wriggle their way out of the talks. In recent days the junta has been forcing ethnic ceasefire and pro-junta groups to discredit the statement that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi had made, pledging to work in the interests of the nation by cooperating with the junta.

Furthermore, after assuring UN Special Envoy Mr Gambari that no more arrests will be carried out, the junta is still arbitrarily arresting political opponents and ignoring UN appeal to release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners. The junta's deputy defense minister even bragged about "taking in some people for questioning" when attending the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting in Singapore.

The NCGUB, therefore, is firmly of the view that the sanctions by Canada come at an opportune time because they serve as a reminder to the international community that the dialog process for national reconciliation, regardless of the willingness of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and ethnic political parties, will not make any progress if it is left to the whim of the Burmese generals. The international community must keep the generals within the process and forced them to continue the dialog with whatever measures necessary to keep it going.

Prime Minister Dr Sein Win said, "I believe the sanctions by Canada are a clear message to the Burmese generals that the steps taken by them are not convincing enough. They also contribute to the diplomatic efforts by the United Nations to democratize Burma.

The NCGUB is grateful to the government and people of Canada for helping promote the cause of democracy in Burma by the use of sanctions. We look forward to other nations taking similar decisive actions to quicken the pace of national reconciliation in Burma.

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