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Headline: TOTAL expands gas activities in China and Asia
Keywords: NLD ban,  National League for Democracy (NLD), Aung San Suu 
Kyi, human rights, political prisoners, torture, murder, execution, 
rape, Slorc abuses, forced labor, forced relocation, NLD Congress 
9/96,NLD arrests, NLD crackdown 9/96,TOTAL, foreign investment, Figaro
Date: October 3, 1996
Source: Euro-Burmanet, Figaro (Fr)
Section: TOTAL

The French Figaro newspaper give forty words to Burma and Daw Aung San 
Suu Kyi.
On Burma, just a small note of interest for the French in the 
center-rightist national daily, Figaro, saying 
800 dissidents arrested, and adds that the figure is more than the 
official government estimate. Elsewhere, in the economic section of the 
newspaper,  appears a longer article on TOTAL, and its entry into the 
Chinese gas market (GPL),  whereby the giant energey TOTAL Group takes a 
35% stake (or 62 million francs, about $12 million) in two 
joint-ventures in the Shandong and Canton provinces. TOTAL created, with 
two Japanese companies Iwatani and Mitsubishi, a third company, IMT 
Investment Co., with the intent to take a 50% stake in the Cantonese 
joint-venture at Shenzhen, hitherto held by Iwatani and Shenzhen 
Petroleum. TOTAL is already active in the GPL industry in Asia, 
particularly in Vietnam and India, where both countries have a high 
increasing demand for  energy.

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Thursday October 3 12:54 PM EDT

Clinton Bans Burma Leaders From Entering U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuter) - Outraged at the arrest of hundreds of democracy
activists in Burma, President Clinton Thursday banned Burma's military
rulers and their families from entering the United States.

White House spokesman Mike McCurry said Clinton signed a proclamation
ordering the action in response to "ongoing repression" of the democracy
movement headed by Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

"The president today signed a proclamation suspending the entry into the
United States of persons formulating, implementing or benefiting from
policies that are impeding the transition to democracy in Burma, and their
immediate family members," McCurry said in a written statement.

He said the proclamation reflected strong concerns of both the Clinton
administration and Congress about the crackdown on the pro-democracy
National League for Democracy (NLD) by Burma's ruling State Law and Order
Restoration Council (SLORC).

"In flagrant defiance of international norms, the SLORC has disregarded
both the human rights and the will of the people of Burma," he said.

He said Burmese authorities had arrested or detained hundreds of democracy
league members and activists nationwide, who had planned to attend a
democracy conference in Rangoon last weekend.

"We deplore these actions, and call on the SLORC to release, immediately
and unconditionally, all of the NLD members and other democratic
activists," he said.

He urged the military leaders to enter into a dialogue about the political
future of Burma with democracy opposition leaders and leaders of the ethnic

The NLD won a landslide victory in a 1990 general election, organized by
the SLORC, but the government never recognized the results of the poll.

Suu Kyi, the 1991 Nobel Peace laureate, slipped by police barricades
barring access to her Rangoon home Wednesday to tell reporters that about
800 democracy supporters had been arrested, far more than the military
rulers had announced.

The ban on SLORC members followed other U.S. moves to put pressure on
Burma's leaders. Congress this week passed a Foreign Operations
Appropriations bill including an amendment allowing for possible sanctions
against Burma because of its human rights record.

Madeleine Albright, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told
reporters at a breakfast that the administration was reviewing that
legislation to consider possible action.

Referring to the travel ban, she said: "We are now taking some specific
acts" to underscore grave U.S. concerns about a growing crackdown on the
Burmese democracy advocates.

"Those who are directly responsible for the repression of the Burmese
people must begin to understand that their actions have consequences for
them personally," she said.

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