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Date: Wed, 31 Jan 1996 19:46:06 +0000
Subject: SUU KYI CRITICIZES ASEAN'D POLICY: "The Asian Age"
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Organization: Forum for Democracy and Human Rights
31 January 1996
SUU KYI CRITICISES ASEAN'S POLICY
Rangoon, Jan. 30: Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi believes Association of
Southeast Asian Nation's policy of constructive engagement with the Burmese
junta is flawed because it concentrates on current economic prospects at the
expense of political change.
In an interview at the lakeside home where she spend nearly six years under
house arrest until July 10, Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday suggested tourists
avoid Burma to show they support calls for democratic reforms.
She disputed government claims that economic development was on a
sustainable upward track and would eventually lead to the country's
Economic "half-measures" taken by the junta would not bring democracy, she
said. "It will only lead to widening gap between the haves and the have-nots
which is, in fact, inimical to democracy."
Only by spreading wealth throughout all segments of the nation can
democracy be bolstered, she said. "But actually, it works both ways. "You
won't get that kind of economic development without democracy," she added.
Aung San Suu Kyi said she regretted that the constructive engagement policy
followed by the Opposition but courted the junta.
Constructive engagement, to be effective, should be engaged with all parties
concerned," she said.
In her view, Asean should be having second thoughts about the early
admission of Burma, which would join Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the
Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. (AFP)
31 January 1996
SIX BURMESE WITH FORGED CHINESE PAPERS HELD
Security officials at Beijing's Capital Airport detained six Burmese after
finding three of them holding forged Chinese identify papers, the Beijing
Evening News said on Tuesday.
They were picked up on Sunday as they were trying to leave on a flight for
Kunming, capital of the southern province of Yunnan. (Reuter)