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NCGUB 'Disappointed' By ASEAN's Lack of Collective Will

Wednesday, November 21 2007, 03:54 PM EST
We, therefore, call on all ASEAN nations to start acting responsibly to effectively stop the Burmese generals from terrorizing the people and bring about a political solution in Burma . We also urge ASEAN members to incorporate enforcement mechanisms in the ASEAN Charter so as to protect human rights of all the peoples in our region.

National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma

Press Release, 21 November 2007
NCGUB 'Disappointed' By ASEAN'S Lack Of Collective Will The National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB) is deeply disappointed by the lack of collective will among ASEAN countries to take a determined stand against a disruptive member state like Burma which prevented UN Special Envoy, Mr Gambari, to brief the ASEAN foreign ministers of his efforts to bring about a political solution to Burma . Despite the well-intended initiative shown by ASEAN Chair Singapore in inviting Mr Gambari, his briefing was dropped from the agenda after Burma protested to his appearance. That decision, by inference, not only negated the efforts being undertaken by the United Nations for Burma but also ruled out international expectations that ASEAN could contribute to the solution of problems in Burma . Because of its failure to address the issues of a member state, ASEAN has also lost its moral authority to criticize others for taking a tough line of action against Burma . We, the NCGUB, sees this abrupt cancellation of the UN Envoy's briefing as an inherent weakness of the ASEAN as a whole which has failed to control a rouge member gone wild in its midst. It will be a shame if the sad incident is to be an indicator of what the ASEAN Charter holds for the future of the region, particularly its claim about being "more responsive to the human rights issues". The NCGUB is grateful to all individual ASEAN member states that have acted responsibly on Burma and believes that ASEAN as a whole deserves to be recognized internationally not only as a cohesive bloc of nations that is economically developed but also as a region that is politically and socially responsible. But, for that to happen, ASEAN will have to confront and not shirk away from thorny issues like Burma . We, therefore, call on all ASEAN nations to start acting responsibly to effectively stop the Burmese generals from terrorizing the people and bring about a political solution in Burma . We also urge ASEAN members to incorporate enforcement mechanisms in the ASEAN Charter so as to protect human rights of all the peoples in our region.

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