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World Nations Urged To Support UN Efforts for Reconciliation

Friday, October 26 2007, 04:26 PM EDT
Prime Minister Dr Sein Win said, "This is not the first time the generals have had talks with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. None of the previous talks succeeded because the generals never really intended to discuss substantive issues with her and also because the international community nonchalantly stood by instead of actively assuming the role of facilitators. This needs to be changed."

National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma
Press Release

26 October 2007
World Nations Urged To Support UN Efforts for Reconciliation

The National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB) cautiously welcomes the news of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's meeting yesterday with former Major General Aung Kyi, liaison officer and minister of labor, as the first step of many that the Burmese military junta will need to take to bring about peaceful change in Burma.

What is vital at this stage is for the international community to view the meeting that took place as maybe just an attempt by the Burmese generals to ease global pressure that has built up since the brutal crackdown on monks and other peaceful protestors in Burma. In any event, an opportunity has definitely arisen and it must be exploited to the fullest extent to ensure that the Burmese generals will not back out from their commitment to the talks.

Although there are several ways of achieving that goal, what should not be done at this stage is to relax the global pressure world nations have individually and collectively exerted since it is that pressure which brought the generals to the talks.

Prime Minister Dr Sein Win said, "This is not the first time the generals have had talks with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. None of the previous talks succeeded because the generals never really intended to discuss substantive issues with her and also because the international community nonchalantly stood by instead of actively assuming the role of facilitators. This needs to be changed."

The Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General Mr Gambari will soon be visiting Burma and the NCGUB hopes that he will be able to build upon his success to secure a substantive dialog for national reconciliation. It is vitally important for ASEAN, China, Russia, India, Japan, Australia, as well as United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union to throw their weight behind the efforts of Mr Gambari.

The NCGUB believes that it is also essential for the UN Special Adviser or his representative to officially establish an office in Burma so that the progress of talks or lack thereof between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the Burmese generals can be closely monitored and, if need be, facilitated to ensure success.

For too many years, Burma has been the focal point of contention among nations regionally and globally and for too long, the people of Burma have suffered. The time has come to end that stalemate.
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