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Kopie von: Burma in the Crucible

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Von:	Nwe Aung, 101564,2652
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Datum:	5/23/96 10:57 PM

Betreff:Kopie von: Burma in the Crucible

The following letter has been sent to the foreign ministers, parliamentarians,
political parties, NGOs, media, etc. in Germany, Poland and Czech Republic.

Burma in the Crucible

Dear Madame / Sir,  Your Excellency,

May I draw your kind attention to the current critical situation in Burma under
ruling military dictator called State Law and Order Restoration Council SLORC.
At present Burma is approaching to a crucial period with full momentum.
As U.S.Senator Mitch McConnell stated in his "Policy Options in Burma" very 
recently (May 14, 1996), Burma is a battleground-
-- between democracy and dictatorship,
-- between those who believe in open markets and those who
   openly market their self-enriching schemes,
-- between the many who embrace freedom and the few who breed fear,
-- between Suu Kyi's supporters and SLORC's sycophants.
 Just now it becomes a battleground between Nobel Peace Laureate Aung 
San Suu Kyi and the hardlined generals as well as between the elected 
parliamentarians and the selected military authoritarians.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been released since July 1995, but obviously she is 
not free at all. She is under constant surveillance and severely limited in 
her movements.
She has asked and is still asking the SLORC for a substantial dialogue,
which will lead to a peaceful political settlement in Burma, but up to this 
date there is no substantive response from the SLORC end.
In November 1995 Aung San Suu Kyi stated clearly that the present form 
of the national convention convened by SLORC is not acceptable to the 
vast majority people of Burma, and hence her NLD party boycotted it.
In February 1996 the NLD party chairman asked the SLORC chairman 
officially to call for a legistrative assembly of the elected representatives 
and also to monitor and control the lawless activities of military in Burma.
There is no reply.
In May 1996 Aung San Suu Kyi called for an all-party conference from 
May 26 to 29 at her residence in commemoration of the 6th. anniversary 
of the NLD's landslide victory in May 1990 multiparty general election.
The military law and order restoration authorities arrested 44 NLD-
parliamentarians plus two wives on May 21, the number of arrest 
increased to over 90 on May 22 and over 190 on May 23 with rising tendency.
It remains simply to see on the screen how few (if any) would be left for 
further arrest at the entrance of Aung San Suu Kyi's residence on the 
opening day of May 26.

The Burmese community worldwide protested sharply against the lawless 
activities of the state law and order restoration council and calls on the 
international community 
++ to send a clear and loud signal to the Slorc that a violent crackdown will 
     no longer be tolerated, and effective measures would be made immediately,
++ to impose global economic sanctions and arms embargo on Burma 
     under the military rule,
++ especially on the U.S.Government to enforce the Burma Freedom and 
     Democracy Act 1995 (S.1511) to become a Public Law in order to impose 
     sanctions on Burma.

The Burma community worldwide expresses its gratitude for your kind 
attention and continued support for Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San 
Suu Kyi and the Burmese democracy movement.


Nwe Aung
N C G U B - Europe