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KYODO(19/1/96): NORWEGIANS WILL FOR
Subject: KYODO(19/1/96): NORWEGIANS WILL FORCE DIALOGUE IN MYANMAR
ASIA: FOREIGN PARLIAMENTARIANS DENIED ENTRY TO MYANMAR
BANGKOK, Jan 19 Kyodo - A five-member parliamentarian delegation
to observe the current state of democracy and human rights in
Myanmar was denied entry into the country, a Norwegian
parliamentarian said today.
Kjell Magne Bondevik had planned to lead parliamentarians from
Bangladesh, Japan, Sri Lanka and Sweden to Myanmar from January 17
The delegation also planned to meet pro-democracy leader Aung
San Suu Kyi who was released from house arrest last July.
But the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok sent him a letter on Monday
saying Myanmar is unable to meet the request, without mentioning
"On the basis of this, we will now attempt to put even more
pressure on the military regime in Myanmar. The military
dictatorship must be forced to enter into a dialogue with the
Myanmar opposition and international politicians," the delegation
leader said in a statement.
The Norwegian parliamentarian also said the Myanmar authorities
accepted a business and political group which intended to talk only
about investment and not criticise the democratic situation in the
The delegation currently is traveling to Thailand to meet
representatives from Thailand, the United Nations, organisations in
Myanmar and other important representatives to discuss the Myanmar
human rights situation in Thailand.
Bondevik hopes to receive permission to enter Myanmar soon.