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bangkok post and The Nation (25/5/9 (r)

Re: New headlines
>1:) Burma warning 
>2:) Party told not to celebrate 1990 victory
>3:) Asean asked to push Burma on drug action
>4:) US should work with Burmese junta to eradicate drugs

This news came at a time when a senior US government official yesterday 
called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to urge 
Burma to curb drugs production while encouraging the junta there to have 
dialogue with opposition groups.

How can you stop the NLD from celebrating to mark the eight anniversary 
of its landslide victory in the May 1990 general elections? It's a 
pretty wrong more. A move that came out a bad advice and fear. (I don't 
undersatnd why SPDC has to feel so insecured about a peaceful and 
genuine celebration like this.)

After all, NLD got the mandate from the people of Burma and they don't. 
They (RC/BSPP/SLORC/SPDC) are never accepted by the people and they will 
never be. Nobody welcomed or asked the military to seize power in 1988. 
So, they will remain illegitimate forever. We never wanted them to be 
involved in the nation-rebuilding process this way. Simply speaking, you 
only know how to feed on corruption and nepotism. That's just what have 
been doing since 1962? 

Congradulations NLD!!. Please join me to celebrate the eight anniversary 
of the landslide victory of the NLD in the May 1990 election on 27 May 

Freedom to the people.

Minn Kyaw Minn

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>News headlines
>1:) Burma warning 
>2:) Party told not to celebrate 1990 victory
>3:) Asean asked to push Burma on drug action
>4:) US should work with Burmese junta to eradicate drugs
>Burma warning 
>Rangoon- these weeks marks the eighth anniversary of the landslide 
>of Aung San Suu Kyi as the leader of Burma. The military junta has 
>there must be no celebration. An official statement says the Rangoon 
>has "requested" the National League for Democracy cancel its planned
>three-day ceremony. The junta has already sentenced six people to death
>recently, providing a good reason to take its requests seriously.
>Party told not to celebrate 1990 victory
>Burma's military rulers have warned the pro-democracy party of Aung San 
>Kyi not to celebrate the anniversary of its landslide victory in the 
>general elections, Burmese government sources said yesterday.
>	In a message received in Bangkok, the sources said the government had
>learned the National League for Democracy planned a ceremony May 27-29 
>mark the election victory.
>	The league captured 396 out of 485 parliamentary seats eight years 
>but the shocked military power brokers reacted by arresting many of the
>victorious candidates and refusing to allow the new parliament to 
>	At the time of election, Novel Peace Prizewinner Mrs. Suu Kyi was 
under a
>house arrest that lasted a total of six years.
>	The sources said the league had been asked, "to refrain from creating
>conditions that will unnecessarily cause a setback in the ongoing
>nation-rebuilding process".
>	League representatives throughout the country had also reportedly been
>urged to "maintain stability and peace" by not marked the occasion.
>Asean asked to push Burma on drug action
>A senior US government official yesterday called on the Association of
>Southeast Asian nations (Asean) to urge Burma to curb drugs production
>while encouraging the junta there to have dialogue with opposition 
>	US deputy assistant secretary for East Asia and the Pacific Aurelia
>Brazeal said at the US Asean dialogue of senior officials that Burma is 
>largest single producer of opium in the world and its government has 
>"unwilling or unable to implement effective counter-narcotics 
>	"We look to Asean to assist counter-narcotics efforts of member 
>such as Burma who faces a particularly difficult problem in combating 
>production and trafficking," Brazeal said.
>	Burma was admitted into Asean last July despite strong opposition from 
>US and European countries which criticized Rangoon's human rights 
>	"We remain concerned that Burma represents a potentially destabilizing
>factor for the Asean itself, including neighbouring Asean member states 
>particular," she said.
>	Brazeal said the US believes it crucial for the Burmese government to
>begin direct dialogue with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu kyi and 
>democratic and ethnic leaders.
>US should work with Burmese junta to eradicate drugs
>Obviously it is that time of the year again. On May 23 the Washington 
>reported a piece on Burma which examined and questioned the ruling 
>motives. Titled "Can (or will) Burma get rid of opium?" I would like to
>retile it "The three faces of the US and Europe". Now that the harvest
>season is over and some 2,365 tons from Burma will make its way t the
>streets of the world where misery will prevail, the analysts will once
>again cry democracy.
>	Burma's ruling generals want to convince the world they are sincere in
>crop eradication. Western diplomats claim it is a public-relations ploy 
>lift the sanctions that are currently imposed on the country. One
>intelligent-and I question how intelligent-Western analyst who was 
asked if
>the West would be willing t lift sanctions should the State Peace and
>Development Council is sincere, said: "Not a chance. Although we 
>everything they do in narcotics enforcement, they will never be off the
>hook for democratization or human rights as a result of anti-drug 
>	Now let us examine this carefully. The US trades with China, who are
>monsters in the human-rights department and who have some of this crop
>going through their country, and yet this distinguished diplomat, 
>a US one at that, scoffs at any attempts to clean the American streets 
>this drug of death.
>	I ask what human rights do the youth of American and Europe have? Is 
>far better to have our youth destroy themselves with heroin or try
>sincerely to assist in the eradication of the poppy fields? Would it 
not be
>advantageous to teach these hill-tribe people how to grow other crops 
>they may support their families? We sit here in the West and do nothing 
>educate them to the dangers of what they are growing.
>	The US has just announced their multibillion-dollar war on drugs (it 
is an
>election year in states.) Will this war be lost before it starts? How 
>you declare war and not attack the enemy (the poppy fields)? Who is
>Washington fooling?
>	No, democracy comes in all shapes, colors and sizes: one size does not 
>all. The democracy the US speaks of is of the color yellow. Too yellow 
>face the real issue, which is at the expense of democracy in Burma, we
>choose to have our youth die in the cities.
>	Yes, democratic reforms in Burma should take place, the SPDC should 
>every effort to come to the table and talk. But these ethnic wars are
>internal conflicts that have been going on for 47 years and will not be
>healed overnight. If the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi cared as 
>for our youth as the does for her political aspirations and democratic
>reforms, she alone can convince the Western countries through their
>diplomats that, yes, go and work with the junta to eradicate drugs. Do 
>let more of the young die!   
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