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Stakes raised in Burmese war of ner

Subject: Stakes raised in Burmese war of nerves.


RANGOON : Burma's military regime yesterday dramatically lifted the rhetoric
in its war of nevers with Ms Aung San Suu Kyi's democracy movement, with the
army chief, lieutenant General Tin Oo, warning that the armed forces would
annihilate those who disturbed the interests of the nation.

The State Law and Order Restoration Council on Tuesday attacked the walk-out
of the delegates of Ms Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) as
"tantamount to totally forsaking and going against the national convention".

yesterday's SLORC controlled newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar, devoted
most of its front page to detailed criticism of Ms Suu Kyi by the chairman
of the convention's convening commission, Lieutenant-Genral Myo Nyunt.

Ms Suu Kyi and the NLD have refused to continue to participate in the
SLORC-dominated convention, which is drawing up a constitution to guarantee
the armed forces a permanent role in national leadership.

The back page of yesterday's New Light of Myanmar carried the slogan: :The
Tatmadaw (armed forces) has been sacrificing much of its blood and sweat to
prevent disintegration of the Union. All nationalities of the Union are
urged to give all co-operation and assistance in this great task."

It reported an address by Lt-Gen Tin Oo to the committee for the observance
of Armed Forces Day during which he said: "Only when the tatmadaw is strong
will the nation be strong.

"Those who wish to rely on alien forces and do not wish to see Myanmar
prosper are restoring to disturbances and levelling false accusation to
belittle the country."

SLORC claimed earlier this week that Ms Suu Kyi's speeches had amounted to a
call for peasants to rise up and suggested the NLD should be held
responsible if there were disturbances.

(The Australian, 1.12.95, p7).