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Burma renews ASEAN bid, faces U.N.
Subject: Burma renews ASEAN bid, faces U.N. rebuke.
Burma renews ASEAN bid, faces U.N. rebuke
November 28, 1996
Web posted at: 5:00 p.m. EST (2200
BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) --
Burma Thursday renewed its bid to
become part of the powerful
ASEAN regional group while the
official media took up cudgels on
the military government's behalf, even dubbing the
United States a
"trouble maker" for criticizing Rangoon's regime.
The media's attack was in reference to a Bangkok
speech by U.S.
President Bill Clinton (187k/16 sec. AIFF or WAV sound)
singling out Burma for failing to recognize a
government. A commentary in Burma's three state-run
the move was an "evil and dirty plot."
"It is an evil and dirty plot of Ngapwagyi (trouble
the vulnerable spot to hinder Myanmar's wish to
and to make ASEAN nations become disunited.
implementing this scheme with all-out efforts."
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which
Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines,
and Vietnam, has been under pressure from Western
human rights activists to delay admitting Rangoon to
because of the crackdown.
While Cambodia and Laos are on track to become
members of ASEAN next year, Burma's efforts have
by its crackdown on the pro-democracy movement led
peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.
Burma has detained and released nearly 1,000
supporters of Suu
Kyi in various crackdowns on the democracy movement
In New York a key U.N. panel Wednesday rebuked Burma for
suppressing opposition, using forced labor to build
torturing prisoners, abusing women and conducting
In a resolution passed by consensus, the General
social, humanitarian and cultural committee said the
should protect and allow free access to Suu Kyi.
Still, there are willing mediators. The
incoming Prime Minister of Thailand,
Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, says he is
close to the Burmese leadership and
will soon travel to Rangoon to
deliver a message.
Chavalit says as Thailand's army
chief, he went to Burma in 1989 and
convinced them to hold elections a year later. But
the results were
never honored by the military.
Suu Kyi's NLD party won nearly 80 percent of the
votes but was
not allowed to form a government.
Burma's minister of planning, David
Abel, said statements about human
rights abuses are rash. "We have
promised the people a democratic
government ... we have the national
convention which is working towards
that goal," he said.
But Suu Kyi's party, NLD, pulled out of that
because they feared the new constitution would be
ensure continued rule by the military. The military
ordered that the convention process continue without
The next voice to be heard on the situation in Burma
will come on
Saturday, when ASEAN holds its one-day, informal
[CNN, 28 November 1996].