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IN: Burma Junta Leaders Visit
- Subject: IN: Burma Junta Leaders Visit
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- Date: Wed, 12 Jan 1994 01:59:00
Subject: IN: Burma Junta Leaders Visit
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## date : 20.12.93
Burmese leaders due to arrive in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Dec 20 (Reuter) - A delegation of six ministers
led by the effective head of Burma's ruling military
council, Khin Nyunt, was due in Indonesia on Monday for
a five-day visit, the embassy said.
It said the delegation hoped to "promote friendly
relations and economic cooperation between the two
countries, and to exchange views on bilateral
cooperation between the leaders of the two governments
through closer personal contacts".
The trip would be the second to an ASEAN country by
Lieutenant-General Khin Nyunt, the intelligence chief
whom many see as the most powerful member of the ruling
State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC).
He visited Singapore in May as the Association of
Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) pursued a policy of
seeking constructive engagement with Burma.
Indonesian officials confirmed details of the
delegation, which includes the ministers of foreign
affairs, tourism, transport, national planning,
information and communications.
There was little fanfare about the visit, partly because
Indonesia did not want to be tainted by Burma's pariah
status in the West, officials said.
Diplomats and officials said that while both sides hoped
to profit from increased economic exchanges, they had
differing motives for wanting to improve ties.
Jakarta under President Suharto hopes to boost its image
as an international mediator by nudging Burma into
reform and bringing it back into the world community.
Burma hopes to win friends in its battle against Western
ire and U.N. censure. It has been ostracised since its
1988 massacre of protesters and a subsequent crackdown
on opposition figures, including Nobel Prize winner Aung
San Suu Kyi.
Burmese diplomats said Khin Nyunt and members of the
delegation would meet Suharto. Trips had also been
planned to a state aircraft factory in Bandung, they
ASEAN members Thailand and Singapore have fostered
closer ties with Burma but have expressed concerns about
Jeremy Wagstaff, Reuters Indonesia.
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Fax: (62-21) 344-8404.