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(Photo) Burma’s pro-democracy activists demonstrate outside Japan’s MOFA

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Myanmar nationals stage a rally with a photo of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi outside Japan’s Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, January 17, in support of democracy and human rights in Myanmar. The Security Council has bemoaned the slow progress in initiating democratic reforms in Myanmar and pressed for an early visit to the country by UN mediator Ibrahim Gambari.

(AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 18, 2008 at 5:17 pm

World Focus on Burma (18 Jan 08)

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  1. Security Council laments lack of progress on Myanmar reforms
    | Myanmar nationals stage a rally with a photo of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi outside Japan’s Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, January 17, in support of democracy and human rights in Myanmar. The Security Counc..
  2. Security Council Shows Regret at Myanmar
    | EDITH M. LEDERER | The Associated Press | UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Security Council expressed concern Thursday at Myanmar’s slow progress in opening a dialogue with the opposition and called for the early re…
  3. Myanmar crisis: UN expresses regret over slow progress
    | UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council expressed regret at Myanmar’s slow progress in opening a dialogue with the opposition and called for the early return of UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari to help promote nation…
  4. India, China Urged to Pressure Burma to Release Lawmakers
    Voice of America –
    … against the ruling junta in Myanmar unless they go back to the roadmap of democracy that should include all the key players for democratization in Burma …
  5. India and China urged to pressure Myanmar on detainees
    AFP –

    Myanmar, formerly named Burma, won independence from former colonial power Britain on January 4, 1948. The IPU is a Geneva-based forum that groups leading …

  6. UN council raps Burma for lack of reform
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    … the situation in Burma. Gambari met with the 15-nation council to discuss his diplomatic efforts, which began after the military government in Myanmar …(If the URL is not working, click here to read the full story.)
  7. UN envoy’s return to Myanmar could spur further progress, says …
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    Disappointed with the slow pace of change in Myanmar, the Security Council today said an early return to the country by United Nations special envoy Ibrahim …
  8. Security Council press statement on Myanmar
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    Council members discussed the situation in Myanmar on 17 January with the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Ibrahim Gambari. They reiterated their full …
  9. UN envoy’s return to Myanmar could spur further progress, says …
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    Disappointed with the slow pace of change in Myanmar, the Security Council today said an early return to the country by United Nations special envoy Ibrahim …
  10. Security Council meets to discuss lack of progress in Myanmar
    Turkish Press, MI –

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    A picture provided by Myanmar News Agency shows Myanmar’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Ky during a meeting in Yangon, in 2007. The Security Council on Thursday deplored the slow progress in initiating democratic reforms in Myanmar and pressed for an early visit to the country by UN mediator Ibrahim Gambari.
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    The Security Council on Thursday deplored the slow progress in initiating democratic reforms in Myanmar and pressed for an early visit to the country by UN …

  11. Security Council calls for early return to Myanmar by UN envoy
    Xinhua, China –
    17 (Xinhua) — The UN Security Council called on Thursday for an early visit to Myanmar by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Advisor Ibrahim Gambari. …
  12. UN council upbraids Myanmar for slow reforms
    Reuters –
    By Patrick Worsnip UNITED NATIONS, Jan 17 (Reuters) – The UN Security Council upbraided Myanmar on Thursday for slow progress on democratic reforms as the …
  13. UN Security Council Says Progress Too Slow in Burma
    Voice of America –
    The UN envoy visited Burma, which is also known as Myanmar, twice last year following the violent crackdown. The Council said Thursday that another visit …
  14. UN condemns slow reform in Burma
    Radio Australia, Australia –
    The UN Security Council has deplored the slow progress of reform in Burma and has pressed for an early visit to the country by UN mediator, Ibrahim Gambari. …
  15. Asian Studies Program
    The Asian Pacific Post, Canada –
    The program will also include Asian cuisine demonstration of Indonesian, Japanese and Thai and a round table discussion on the Crisis in Burma (Myanmar). …
  16. British PM in China for environment, trade, investment boost
    Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
    “Obviously, we don’t always agree with China and India on issues like Darfur and Burma but we can’t make progress without them,” he added. …
  17. Democratization takes a beating in 2007 – Report
    Spero News –
    UN and EU envoys to Myanmar (Burma) have become the butt of jokes as being ineffective. Suspicion falls on the ruling Burmese military junta for setting …
  18. Myanmar crisis: UN expresses regret over slow progress
    Times of India, India –
    “The government in Burma needs to respond to the concerns of the international community as set out” in the Oct. 11 statement, he said. Myanmar is also …
  19. UN against Myanmar: progress too “slow”
    AsiaNews.it, Italy –
    The regime in former Burma was heavily criticised last year for its violent repression of anti-government protests led by Buddhist monks in late September. …
  20. UNSC urges early return of Gambari to Burma
    Mizzima.com, India –
    … noting that an early visit to Myanmar by Mr. Gambari could help facilitate this.” Gambari, who visited Burma twice after the ruling junta brutally …
  21. Security Council urges more progress in Burma
    Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    … to Myanmar,” he said. Gambari called for all countries that had expressed support for his mission in Burma to back up their words with concrete actions. …
  22. Healing languages comfort clinic’s patients
    Louisville Courier-Journal, KY –
    Spanish is just one of many languages and dialects that medical staff have encountered as they see patients from places such as Myanmar (formerly Burma), …
  23. Brown to raise Myanmar issue with PM
    Hindustan Times, India –
    … the regime in Burma to take reforms seriously.” Acknowledging the “difference of views” with India on the methodology to ensure democracy in Myanmar, …
  24. Brown to convey British concerns on Myanmar to India
    Indian Muslims, CA –
    The British high commissioner to India underscored “the greater need for international pressure to move the regime in Burma to take reforms seriously. …
  25. Snap ties with Myanmar, India urged
    Hindu, India –
    … amicable solution to the Myanmar imbroglio,” said the resolution passed at the meeting organized jointly by Mizoram Committee for Democracy in Burma and …
  26. Defense Focus: India’s T-90 deal — Part 4
    United Press International –
    Myanmar, formerly Burma, has long been unfriendly and is run by a ruthless authoritarian dictatorship backed by China to India’s east, and while relations …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 18, 2008 at 5:03 pm

UN council raps Burma for lack of reform

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Bangkok Post (17 Jan 2008)

New York (dpa) – The UN Security Council on Thursday decried Burma’s “slow rate” of progress to bring democratic reform to the country and called on the military government to hold new talks with UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari.

Gambari is set to visit China and India later this month – and also Burma, but only if its military leaders agree to receive him.

It will be Gambari’s fourth visit to Asia since last year to discuss the situation in Burma.

Gambari met with the 15-nation council to discuss his diplomatic efforts, which began after the military government in Myanmar crushed pro-democracy demonstrations in August. China had helped Gambari twice obtain visas to Burma.

The council said it “regretted the slow rate of progress so far towards meeting the objectives,” which were set out after an earlier meeting in October. The council then called for democratic reform, national reconciliation and release of political prisoners, including the head of the opposition National League of Democracy party, Aung San Suu Kyi.

“Council members underscored the importance of making further progress, noting that an early visit to Myanmar by Mr Gambari could help facilitate this,” the statement after Thursday’s meeting said. The UN uses the military regime’s name for Burma.

Gambari told reporters his diplomatic troubleshooting was aimed at working out a comprehensive solution to the crisis, which in addition to democratic reform, includes combatting drug trafficking, child soldiers and ethnic minorities. He said the diplomatic efforts demanded patience and perseverance.

Gambari urged council members to unite in supporting UN efforts to bring democracy to Burma, one of the world’s poorest nations. He suggested that some members showed “nuance” in their support of those efforts.

US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said following the closed-door discussion by the council that Gambari needs “help” in his efforts in order to achieve progress.

He called on governments to increase pressure on Burma, without specifying measures, while Gambari is holding talks to improve the situation in the country.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/breaking_news/breakingnews.php?id=125233

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 18, 2008 at 4:50 pm