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April 12, 2000

Issue # 1507

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___________________ INSIDE BURMA ______________________ 



April 10 - 23 ,2000                           
Volume 1, No.6 & 7



WHO says there are no expats in Yangon? That certainly wasn?  '²t the case
at the Australian?  '²s Club?  '²s end of March social get together. More than
150 people packed the club to talk business and pleasure. It was also
the last event before the departure of the popular Ambassador Lyndall 
McLean and her other half Stig Engstrom, who availed himself of the
opportunity to savour his last Crown beers before heading to the land
of the long white cloud where Lyndall will take up the post as
Australia?  '²s ambassador. The atmosphere was party-like, especially as
the night wore on with regulars mixing with a sizeable number of
?  '³outsiders.?  '´ One old-time expat said around 30 per cent of the guests
were first timers at the Club, perhaps reflecting the growing number
of expatriates in Yangon. 

Captured by MT?  '²s photographers were Katty Jones of PSI and IT wiz
Shaun Hurley, Wael Elmawie of Zamil Steel and the portly Malcolm
Scott, publisher of Pacific Asia Travel News. Noticeable in the crowd
was Roger Mitton of AsiaWeek, who confidentially admitted to
one of our reporters that Yangon was feeling better than Bangkok these
days. Some of the usuals also at the end of month event were Claire
Burgess of Diethelm Pharmaceuticals, oil barons Maurie and Chris
Drewe. Enjoying her last glass of true Australian wine before heading
off to Cuba was French beauty Ghislaine Firino-Martell (who 
followed up with a farewell party of her own the following evening).
Also researching the evening, were Lyndal Pearce and Jason Copland
from Compass, together with Anke Rosa from Asian Trails.




Radio Myanmar, Rangoon, in Burmese 1330 gmt 4 Apr 00 

Excerpts from report by Burmese radio on 4th April 
Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt, secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development 
Council [SPDC], accompanied by ministers, the chief of staff, air, 
deputy ministers, and officers form the SPDC Office, left Yangon 
[Rangoon] in a military plane this morning and arrived in Moulmein at 
1100 [local time] on 3rd April. 			

Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt and party inspected the construction site of 
Thanlyin [Salween] Bridge in Moulmein... 

Speaking at a meeting with members of the state and township peace 
and development councils in Karen state and departmental personnel at 
the Office of the Karen State Peace and Development Council, Lt-Gen 
Khin Nyunt explained that he and the ministers have come to Karen 
State to attend to regional development projects in Karen State. He 
said Karen State, which still has remnant armed groups, is different 
from other states as its territory is not completely peaceful.  

He said the armed groups are holding on to the narrow-minded belief 
that they will lose the external support if they come back to the 
legal fold. These armed groups which rely on the external support are 
still opposing the government. However, the government has not 
neglected Karen State; it is carrying out regional development 
projects with a momentum in areas that are stable and peaceful. 

Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt said the government has constructed Pa-an Bridge 
over Salween River, which connects Mon State and Karen State, and 
Zarthabyin Bridge over Gyaing River and Kawkareik Bridge, which 
helped promote border trade. He said Karen State, which has the 
tradition of success in agriculture, has the potential for 
agriculture development. He urged the local people to strive for 
multicropping through reclamation of virgin land and expansion of 
acreage and production. He said the government is spending large 
amount of fund to reclaim wetlands for agriculture and meeting the 
needs for regional development. 				

He said currently Moulmein Bridge across Thanlyin River is being 
built to connect Martaban with Moulmein. It will be the biggest 
bridge in Myanmar. He said the project is being undertaken with the 
belief that proportionate socioeconomic development among the 
national people would promote Union spirit... 



April 10 - 23 ,2000                           
Volume 1, No.6 & 7

National News

IF ECONOMIC life is not independent, the independence of the State 
will be infringed,?  '´ said Lt-Gen Tin Oo, Secretary-2, at the ninth 
annual meeting of the country?  '²s Federation of Chambers of Commerce 
and Industry (UMFCCI). ?  '³In addition, the association must be a free 
and active non-governmental one,?  '´ he added. The General?  '²s statements 
reflect the Federation?  '²s growing influence on commerce in Myanmar and 
its united voice for greater efficiency in business. The 8000-strong
membership is also widely representative of the full spectrum of 
commerce in Myanmar, from single operators to large conglomerates ?  '¶ 
both local and foreign. While considerable effort has been expanded 
moving towards a market-oriented economic system, an association 
dealing with entrepreneurs that can organise them in an extensive 
manner is also required, S2 said of the Federation at its meeting
on 31 March. The UMFCCI is now vigourously campaigning to recruit 
local companies, both small and big, in all states and divisions. It 
has also been suggested that membership be compulsory for local firms 
in order to boost the influence of the Federation. Currently the cost 
to join the UMFCCI is K3000 plus annual fees of K1500. For foreign 
invested businesses a joining fee of US$200 applies with annual dues 
of US$100. ?  '³Increasing the membership amount will raise funds so the
Federation can provide facilities like office buildings and
information access,?  '´ said UMFCCI president U Win Myint. 

Another solid initiative of the Federation is to make membership  
compulsory for business so as a group it can lobby the Government to 
reduce a 10 per cent tax on commodities exported, thus raising the 
competitiveness of Myanmar products on the global market. ?  '³Currently 
the price of our commodities for export is not competitive with 
overseas markets. We are attempting to deal with this issue and the 
reduction a 10pc tariff will assist our ability to make sales,?  '´ 
indicated U Zaw Min Win, general secretary of the federation. He added
that a majority of the export goods are also not competitive in 
quality, especially agricultural products. ?  '³Some traders have to 
store beans and pulses in warehouses and wait for demand from 
overseas,?  '´ he said. ?  '³When a buyer is found the quality of the goods 
may no longer be at the standard required. A lack of stable markets 
is always an issue
for us.?  '´ ?  '³Now that agriculture, manufacturing and trade are more
interrelated, the goods produced are greatly influenced by the
conditions of local and overseas markets. Policies and development of 
trading systems are becoming a crucial factor in our success,?  '´ said a 
member of the UMFCCI. ?  '³The members should be more united, and it is 
more effective to tackle difficulties as an organisation rather than 
individually,?  '´ said President U Win Myint. With a market-oriented
economic system operating for a decade, the private sector has yet to 
play a significant role in the economic life of the State according 
to U Soe Tha, Minister for National Planning and Economic 
Development. ?  '³Our entrepreneurs need to be more intelligent. Members 
are yet to be well-versed in international business dealings,?  '´ he 
said. The Federation is a member of Paris-based International Chamber 
of Commerce (ICC) and ASEAN?  '²s - Chambers of Commerce and Industry 
(ASEAN-ICC) and has excellent working relations and cooperation with 
others abroad. ?  '³We deal mostly with Malaysia and
Japan, but some trade missions, especially from Japan, pinpoint our 
weaknesses like poor infrastructure,?  '´ said U Win Myint. Trade 
missions sometimes lack the proper attitude to cooperate with us and 
are afraid of the ?  '±World Police?  '²,?  '´ he added. Most senior members of 
the Federation admitted a lack of coordination among industries is a 
major\ limiting factor in the Myanmar business world.

?  '³Japan?  '²s GDP is the second biggest in the world and the first in 
Asia. Why is it so? Because they are ever ready to cooperate with 
their government, to have common sense and to follow its guidelines 
with strong belief, said Minister U Soe Tha. ?  '³We should adopt such 
practice to develop our country,?  '´ he said, ?  '³there are few efficient 
Myanmar businessmen, we need to turn out more.?  '´ ?  '³Needless to say that 
is not
surprising. Some businessmen set up companies because it seems like a 
good idea, but few have well thought out and planned objectives. They 
don?  '²t understand things like the formation of a company with a 
memorandum of association, articles of association and shareholder 
agreements. It is alarming,?  '´ said an educated businessman operating 
in local and foreign trade. With regard to this Secretary-3, Lt-Gen 
Win Myint said, ?  '³The government has privatised some enterprises, but 
private firms are found inefficient in running business.

So the government inevitably keeps and runs some large industries and 
enterprises, most of which are capital intensive.?  '´ He added that 
businessmen should focus on long-term interests of their nation and 
the people, and eliminate the attitude of ?  '³hit and run?  '´ in business 
dealings. In reply to the question of what support he would like from
the UMFCCI, an executive member stressed the importance of 
information technology to global trade. ?  '³Globalisation is inevitable, 
but we must maintain our own culture. Today business life 
aggressively demands e-commerce and Internet trading. Within three to 
five years we hope to be conducting much business through this 
medium. Unless this technology is applied we will continue to be 
behind,?  '´ the businessman
said to Myanmar Times. 
Currently the price of our commodities for export is not competitive 
with overseas  markets. We are attempting to  deal with this issue 
and the  reduction a 10pc tariff will assist our ability to make 
sales.?  '´ 

___________________ INTERNATIONAL _____________________


April 12, 2000

Last week when MP Edward Leigh proposed that the UK advocate within 
UN to create a new Intl. Tribunal to investigate atrocities in Burma,
based on alleged genocide by the Burma military against Shan & Karen 
minorities.  (PA News)  UK Foreign Off Minister John Battle formally 
asked the British petroleum comp, Premier Oil, to disinvest its $200M
from Burma.  Oil services corp. Baker Hughes (Texas) announced it
would withdraw from Burma in late March, after share-holders pressed
human rights concerns.  This week, EU foreign ministers made economic
& travel sanctions more strict, freezing the overseas funds of Burma's
military junta.



April 12, 2000, Wednesday 

By David Litterick 

PREMIER Oil is likely to ignore a request to pull out of its gas 
exploration operations in Myanmar made by the Government because of 
concerns over the country's human rights record.

Foreign office minister John Battle met Premier chief executive 
Charles Jamieson to ask him to withdraw 10 days ago and followed it 
with a written request.  

Mr Jamieson said he had yet to consult with collegues but was not 
inclined to adhere to the Government's request, claiming the 
company's policy of positive engagement was more likely to lead to 
progress in Myanmar than isolationism.

He said: "We have developed our own human rights statement in 
conjunction with Amnesty International. We have community programmes 
in the country with Save the Children which we estimate will have 
helped one million people by 2005.

"It is difficult to see how Premier pulling out would have an effect 
on the situation other than our position being taken by someone else 
that would not have the same standards."

The Government believes that the continued prescence of reputable 
companies such as Premier in Myanmar encourages the military regime 

Premier has invested more than pounds 100m in Myanmar in 10 years and 
gas production is expected to begin shortly. 


2000-04-12 Wed 07:58

LONDON, April 12 (AFP) - British Oil Company Premier Oil has no 
intention of leaving Myanmar, the company's chief executive said 
Wednesday after the British government asked it to withdraw to 
heighten pressure on Rangoon's military leaders. 

"We respect the political and human rights concerns of certain 
government and NGOs (non-governmental organisations) and the support 
of sanctions in relations to these issues," a statement quoted Chief 
Executive Charles Jamieson 
as saying. 

"However, although we're often pressured to pull out of areas, we 
strongly believe that dialogue engagement as well as sustainable 
development, are key to effecting changes both now and in the 
future." The chief executive added that he believed the company's 
ongoing dialogue with the human rights campaigning organisation 
Amnesty International had made a 
significant difference in Myanmar. 

Junior foreign minister John Battle earlier said he had told Jamieson 
that he wanted Premier Oil to negotiate its withdrawal from Myanmar 
and end its ties with the regime. 

"I set out our position in a way which could not be misunderstood," 
Battle tod reporters. 

He said: "I really expect Premier to do the decent thing without 
having to resort to legal pressure." 
Aung San Suu Kyi, the Myanmar opposition leader whose National League 
for Democracy won a huge victory n 1990 national elections, has 
repeatedly urged the international community not to invest in the 
country or supply aid as long 
as the military remains in power. 

In Paris a foreign ministry spokesman said France would not follow 
Britain's example and ask TotalFinaElf to withdraw from Myanmar, even 
though it deplored human rights violations in the country. 



By: Win Htein
Bangkok, April 12, 2000

When the Thai authorities arrested Moe Thee Zun, a prominent student
leader, in Bangkok airport last month, Burmese dissidents in Thailand
were shocked and worried for their security. Moe Thee Zun is vice
chairman of All Burma Students' Democratic Front (ABSDF), a dissident
group fighting against the military junta in Burma. He is also a 
member of National Council of the Union of Burma, an umbrella of Burma
dissident groups.

Having based in Thailand, Moe Thee Zun and many of his comrades have
been traveling to other countries outside Thailand to promote their
cause for the restoration of democracy in Burma for the past twelve
years. But, why did the Thai authorities arrest him this time? Is he
truly arrested for holding ?  '³fake?  '´ passport? According to media 
Moe Thee has already got visa from the US Embassy in Bangkok.

"He had already passed the passport counter and almost in the 
room. Then, two uniform officers came and arrested him. I am sure
Burmese junta?  '²s intelligent network reported to Thai authorities," 
U Aung Saw Oo, another dissident leader who accompanied to Moe Thee to
the airport on that fateful day. However, two of Moe Thee's comrades 
were travelling along with him to the United States in the same flight
were lucky. They arrived their destination on time for a 'Free Burma'
seminar to be held in the United States.

In the past twelve years, hundreds of thousands of Burma student
activists fled to Thai-Burma border after the Burmese army killed 
3,000 of their comrades in Rangoon alone. Since then, they have allied
with ethnic armies, such as Karen, Mon and Karenni in the border and
have been fighting against the Burmese government troops.

After twice hostage drama by Burmese dissidents on its soil, the Thai
authorities had apparently decided to change their policy on those
Burmese activists who have been taking shelter in Thailand since 1988.
(In October last year, five Burmese armed students led by Johnny 
the Burmese embassy in Bangkok and February of this year another 10-
armed dissidents seized a hospital in Ratchaburi district in 

"I don't understand why the Thai authorities do not want us to stay in
their country while our alliance ethnic groups have been living here 
more than 50 years?" asked an ABSDF leader.

There may have some strong reasons for the Thai authorities. First, 
student activists often travel to other countries in promoting their
campaigns in international fora while the ethnic armies stay silent in
the jungles of Thai-Burma border. Second, many dissident students are
registered with the UNHCR's Bangkok office to go to ?  '³third country?  '´ 
further studies and resettlement programs while ethnic minorities are
living in the border refugee camps. Third, the students stormed the
embassy and hospital for their political objectives while the minority
armies don?  '²t.

According to Burma Border Consortium, a non-governmental organization
providing food relief to the refugees along the Thai-Burma border, 
are 118,419 Burmese displaced persons currently living in the 15-camps
at the border while 1,764 Burmese students are staying at the Maneeloy
holding center in Ratchaburi district.

Since the embassy crisis in October last year, the media spotlight has
raised questions among the Thai general public of what should be done
with the Burmese students in Thailand. Obvious enough, there are
different responses to this.  Academics and NGO workers suggest that
government should grant scholarships to the dissident students in Thai
colleges and universities, while government officials have stated that
there is only one solution ?  '¶i.e. urgent resettlement in "third 

"I think if the Chuan government had an education plan for them, 
and his friends would not have acted like this," commented Mr Somchai
Homlaor, General Secretary of Forum-Asia, a regional human rights NGO
based in Bangkok.

Many academics agree with him. "I support his idea and if the 
allows us, we are ready to teach them here", said Dr Mark Thamthai, a
lecturer at Chulalongkon University.

Currently, there are eight Burmese students (from the Maneeloy holding
center) studying Business Administration at Blackford with scholarship
program of US-based Open Society Institute (OSI). In fact, Thai
authorities granted them permission a few days ago only to travel from
the refugee camp to Bangkok for the study. "We want to study here
because we have no right to study in our own country." Said Ko Cho 
31-year old former student from Rangoon University. He is now studying
at Blackford with other seven students.

Moreover, there are five students studying at ABAC University and four
students in Mahidol University in Bangkok. Almost 2,000 students have
been resettled in third countries such as the United States, Canada 
Australia since the Maneeloy refugee camp was set up in 1992.

However, students say that they don?  '²t want to go to any third country 
the Thai government allows them to stay here. ?  '³This is because they 
their home, dears and nears to fight democracy in Burma. They want to
stay here, the nearest place to their own country,?  '´ said a Burmese
dissident leader.

"Thailand is a democratic country. We are fighting for democracy. So 
can't we stay here," questioned another student who is now working 
for a
human right NGO in Thailand.

There are about six Burma student organizations functioning in 
These are: the ABSDF, the All Burma Federation of Students Union 
and the Vigorous Burmese Students Warriors (VBSW) in the border areas
while some others in the Maneeloy and Bangkok such as Burmese Students
Association (BSA), Oversea National Students Organization of Burma
(ONSOB) and All Burma Basis Education Students Union (ABBESU).

When the Thai authorities deported some students to Myawaddy (Burma?  '²s
border town with Thailand) from Mae Sod in March this year, many 
activists went into hiding. Recently, the Thai police raided the 
offices in Bangkok, Hua Hin and Mae Saring. Some students were 
The police also took away some of the office equipment such as
computers, Fax machine, and files.

"We might have to change our strategy to underground movement if the
Thai authorities keep going on pressurizing us. We want to cooperate
with the Thai authorities. If we are underground, it will be more
difficult for the Thai to solve the problem, " said Dr Naing Aung,
chairman of the ABSDF.

On the other hand, many observers feel that Thai government has no
policy on Burma at the moment. ?  '³Deportation and pressure is not 
it is just reaction. If the Thai government keeps more pressure on the
dissidents, it will reflect in a situation like a dog being beaten in
the corner without a way out,?  '´ warned a Burma observer.

The question is which policy is the best for Thailand as a leading
democratic government in the ASEAN? To promote Burmese democratic
organizations? Or to cooperate with the military junta in Rangoon?

(Win Htein is a correspondent for Democratic Voice of Burma and
contributed this article to Mizzima News Group.)


(April 12, 2000)

Two guerrillas of the United Wa State Army, the biggest 
methamphetamine producer in the Golden Triangle, have been killed in 
a clash with local paramilitary troops, a source in the Pha Muang 
Task Force said yesterday.

The fighting took place in rugged terrain near Doi Lang, a disputed 
area between Thailand and Burma.

The slain men were "UWSA's armed guards protecting a drug caravan. 
The clash took place around 7pm on Monday while our paramilitary 
forces were patrolling the border," the source said.
The Pha Muang Task Force, responsible for narcotic suppression along 
the border in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, has stepped up its border 
patrols to check the flow of illicit drugs into the country. Last 
month, its troops killed five UWSA guerrillas in Chiang Mai.



 (April 12, 2000)

Chinese chemists hired for the job

Anucha Charoenpo

The United Wa State Army was preparing to produce high quality 
ecstasy pills in its factories along the northern Thai-Burmese 
border, a senior official of the Office of the Narcotics Control 
Board said yesterday. 

Chinese-Dutch chemists had been hired for the job, said Theeraphat 
Santimathaneedol, deputy ONCB secretary-general, quoting an 
intelligence report.

The UWSA, the biggest methamphetamine producer in the Golden 
Triangle, wanted to enhance its capacity to produce other types of 
illicit drugs, Mr Theeraphat said.

The Chinese-Dutch chemists were believed to be the same ones who two 
years ago tried to produce ecstasy here but failed because of the 
drug's poor quality.

New techniques and ingredients were believed to have been brought in 
to improve the quality.

Mr Theeraphat said the ONCB and other narcotics agencies were 
concerned the drug would spread among Thai teenagers if no action was 
taken to stop it in time.

An ecstasy tablet costs between 600-800 baht now while it was about 
double that a few years back, he added. 

Mr Theeraphat said five months ago some ecstasy pills were found in 
the South but the ONCB still could not identify the traffickers.

The ecstasy pills found in Hat Yai district, Songkhla, were produced 
in France, Germany and Great Britain and believed to have been 
smuggled into Thailand via Malaysia and Singapore, he said.

Cocaine, imported from the United States, was also found to have 
become more popular among actors and other high-income people, he 

Bangkok Post (April 12, 2000)




Information  Sheet
No.B-1327 (I)          12th April, 2000

         This office is presenting the Press Release issued  in April 
2000 by Myanmar Embassy in London for your reading pleasure.

Myanmar News Bulletin

Issue No. 3/2000                         April 2000

News Release

    The Government of the Union of Myanmar has once again
totally rejected the allegations made by Mr. Rasjoomer
Lallah, the UN special Rapproteur on Human Rights
whose report contains no credible proof, no
authoritative references or any independent
confirmation. It does contain, however,  in seemingly
realistic details (probably extracted from witnesses
with insurgent affiliations),  false allegations,
gross exaggerations and even outright fabrications of
so-called ''atrocities" ranging from torture and rape
to arbitrary executions of a such a scale bordering on
genocide. These as a matter of fact have been
identical to what has been part of negative propaganda
campaigns waged by certain armed separatist insurgents
and dissident politicians trying to find a short-out
route to political power. 

    The main reasons for the sudden escalation of this propaganda war 

        1.  The 50 year old military campaign of the Karen
National Union (KNU) to overthrow the first
democratically elected government as well as the
successive ones have faltered to such a degree that
they have had to abandon not only their fortresses
within the Union of Myanmar but have suffered from
mass defections from their ranks in response to the
government's offer of ''peace and
development-in-exchange-for-arms'' to the umbrella
Organization of insurgents including the KNU. To
aggravate the situation, the returnees have been doing
so well that the rate of defections have further
accelerated in recent months, which would not have
happened if above allegations were true.

        2.  The declining fortunes of their above-ground ally
and political force, the National League for
Democracy, which is also suffering from similar
defections, mainly because of disenchantment by their
former supporters who find the Party's call for
isolation of the country by Western Governments to be
self destructive and counter productive.
    This propaganda war now seems to have been carried on
by certain members of Parliament in Britain some of
whom possibly inherited the legacy of ''Friends of
Burma Hill Peoples'' founded in 1947 in England and
who opposed the Independence of ''Burma''. They also
founded the Karen National Union (instigating the
Karens or Kayins to choose the military option for
separating from the Union ) and were allegedly
involved in the assassination of General Aung San,
founder of the Union, in the same year. 

    In order to rectify any possible misinformation that
might be conveyed to the people of Britain, this
office would like to emphatically state that the
present government of Myanmar has already achieved
peace with an overwhelming majority (17 out of 18
groups-- excluding surrender of former drug warlords
in the Shan State) of former ethnic insurgents and are
together rapidly developing their lands as a prelude
to establishment of a multiparty democratic state.
Above all, the allegations mentioned in Mr. Lallah's
report have been thoroughly investigated, using
independent and credible organizations such as the
Anglican Church of the Province of Myanmar and it's
diocese of Kayin (Karen) State, and could find no
evidence whatsoever to substantiate the above
mentioned allegations. (Many foreigners who worked in
or visited Myanmar recently such as Premier, Unocal
and Total Oil Companies, could find so such news in
circulation either). The International Committee of
the Red Cross, which has visited  all prisons in
Myanmar and working with the authorities found the
correctional facilities in better condition than in
many other countries.

    The people and the Government of the Union of Myanmar
bear no ill-will against any foreign governments or
organizations, least of all against it's own 135
ethnic brethren who have lived together as a Kingdom
for many centuries and the assimilation of the peoples
over time has become so complete that so called ethnic
differences are now barely discernible. This office
still believes that only truth will stand the test of
time and would like to remind all well-meaning friends
that only action based on credible factual data can
yield expected outcomes and that none of negative
measures taken, be they economic or political, against
the Union of Myanmar has achieved any significant
results in the past three years and predictions of
civil unrest and economic collapse remain hollow. They
have only denied cooperative assistance to the
population who are innocently pursuing their
livelihoods and developing their lands in
collaboration with friendly neighbouring countries.

    At the same time any undue interference in the
internal affairs or infringement on the sovereignty of
Myanmar under any pretext will have to be firmly resisted.



SOURCE: Source: Myanmar National Homepage web site in English 6 Apr 

Excerpt from "Information Sheet No. B-1320(I) issued by the 'Myanmar 
Information Committee' in Rangoon on 6th April" headlined "Myanmar 
endeavours to rejoin world community but encounters attempts to 
isolate her", carried by Burmese National Homepage web site on 6th 

It is indeed regretful that the National League for Democracy Party, 
NLD, and some foreign governments are in favour of using the method 
of confrontation in dealing with the State Peace and Development 
Council [SPDC] which is merely a caretaker or transitional 
government.  The SPDC has discarded the one-party socialist system 
for a multi-party democratic system and has also introduced a market 
economy. It has also created Myanmar [Burma] to become one of the 
most peaceful and stable countries in the world from not too long ago 
a war-torn country. The government of Myanmar has in fact kept and is 
still keeping the doors open for those who sincerely desire to 
cooperate together with the government and the people of Myanmar to 
develop the country. It would be of great benefit to the nation if an 
organization like the NLD contributes in a positive and meaningful 
way in achieving our common goals: a thriving economy and a stable, 
multi-party democratic system. 

While the government is working hard to develop Myanmar and rejoin 
the world community, it is the nation's hope that the NLD acts in a 
more responsible and constructive manner, not whimsical and symbolic 
gestures merely designed to create attention and add hardship for the 
country and the people... 


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