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Soros on Boycott
Can anyone know what the current position of George Soros is on the
energy issue and boycott in Burma? It would help clarify where people
stand on the controversy during the Burma debate. We reprint the
following story for reference. Does he still advocate "an end to
investment there by oil companies", as quoted in this AFP article.
metta, dawn star
Worldwide Total Boycott
Headline: AFP: SOROS URGES BOYCOTT OF MYANMAR 14/1/97
Keywords: National League for Democracy (NLD), Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma
political prisoners, Burma human rights, Burma forced labor, Burma
forced relocation , Burma, Burma Myanmar,Burma, Myanmar, George Soros,
TOTAL, Unocal, Yadana,
Date: January 14, 1997
Source: BNN, EBN,UVI
FINANCIER George Soros yesterday called for a tourist boycott of
and an end to investments there by oil companies.
Mr Soros appealed to French company TOTAL and US company cto suspend
their investments in the Yadana natural gas field.
He said in a communique that "nothing would hurt more" the Myanmar
"than the oil companies suspending their operation on the Yadana
under the pressure of public opinion from Europe and the USA".
The two companies are building a pipeline from Myanmar off-shore
the Thai border. When the pipeline is complete in 1998, it will be
of supplying 15.75 million cubic metres of natural gas daily to
Mr Soros heads a foundation for an "open society" which aims to promote
democracy and which provides financial aid for several countries,
central and eastern Europe. -- AFP