[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index
NORWEGIAN PARTY LEADER MEETS OPPOSI
- Subject: NORWEGIAN PARTY LEADER MEETS OPPOSI
- From: dvb@xxxxx
- Date: Fri, 24 Jan 1997 05:25:00
Subject: NORWEGIAN PARTY LEADER MEETS OPPOSITION LEADER AUNG SAN SUU KYI.
24Jan97 BURMA: NORWEGIAN PARTY LEADER MEETS OPPOSITION LEADER AUNG SAN SUU KYI.
Source: Democratic Voice of Burma, Oslo, in Burmese 1100 gmt 21 Jan 97
Text of report by Burmese opposition radio
It has been learned that in her meeting with Mr Kjell Magne Bondevik,
Norwegian Christian Democrat Party chairman, opposition leader Aung San Suu
Kyi urged the international community to take action against the SLORC
[State Law and Order Restoration Council] because the political situation in
Burma is deteriorating.
Mr Bondevik is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Norwegian
parliament, a former foreign minister, and is active among international
parliamentarians involved in the restoration of democracy in Burma.
His attempt to visit Burma last year did not materialize because of SLORC's
refusal to grant him a visa. He entered Rangoon as a Christian pastor on
16th January, however, and held a meeting with opposition leader Aung San
Suu Kyi for over an hour on Friday afternoon [17th January] at the house of
U Kyi Maung, National League for Democracy [NLD] vice-chairman.
Mr Bondevik recounted his meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi to the Democratic
Voice of Burma. He said that the SLORC currently seems a little bit nervous
after all the student demonstrations and has further oppressed the NLD. He
said Aung San Suu Kyi has urged the international community to exert more
pressure on SLORC to hold a dialogue with the NLD.
Mr Bondevik said he has also explained PD-Burma, an international
Parliamentary Delegation on Burma striving to achieve democracy there, to
Aung San Suu Kyi. PD-Burma was formed in 1996 with 15 international
parliamentarians. He said Aung San Suu Kyi hopes the new UN
secretary-general will be more active and try to implement all the UN
resolutions on Burma. He said Aung San Suu Kyi also called for US economic
sanctions against the SLORC, for a repeal of the low tariffs on Burmese
goods in Europe, and for ASEAN to refuse Burma as member.
Mr Bondevik has also explained his meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi to the
current Norwegian foreign minister. The Norwegian government has decided to
continue pressuring the SLORC and to actively participate in the
international community for democracy in Burma. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi thanked
the Norwegian government for its recognition of Burma' s democracy movement
by awarding her the Nobel Peace Prize and the Rafto Memorial Prize.
Mr Bondevik noted the situation in Rangoon is still tense, with many police
and soldiers visible. He said 20 people allegedly accused of involvement in
recent student unrest had been sentenced to seven years in prison, and
family members were not even allowed to attend their trials.
He remarked it is time for international action against the SLORC. Aung San
Suu Kyi has expressed her readiness for dialogue and mentioned that the
Defence Services will also play a significant role under a democratic
(c) BBC Monitoring Summary of World Broadcasts.
BBC MONITORING SERVICE: ASIA-PACIFIC 24/1/97
Democratic Voice of Burma(DVB)
P.O Box 6720
0130 Oslo, Norway
Tel: 47-22-200021, Tel/fax:47-22-362525.
First Transmission at>> 11:00 to 11:25 GMT - 15170 kHz(Short wave-19 meter)
Second Transmission at>>14:30 to 14:55 GMT - 9725 kHz(Short wave-31 meter)