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Singapore: ASEAN Transcript of Door-stop Interview by George Yeo

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ASEAN

21/07/2008

Transcript of Door-stop Interview by Minister for Foreign Affairs George Yeo on the political situation in Myanmar after the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting Informal Working Dinner, 20 July 2008

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–>Minister: Dear Friends, I’m back again but this time by myself. I would like to brief you on our discussion on Myanmar this evening.

Statement by ASEAN Chair.

The ASEAN Foreign Ministers had a full and frank discussion on the political situation in Myanmar. They were briefed by Myanmar Foreign Minister Nyan Win on recent political developments, including the constitutional referendum in May 2008 and preparations for general elections to be held in 2010.

The Foreign Ministers expressed their deep disappointment that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention under house arrest had been extended by the Myanmar Government. They repeated the call by ASEAN Leaders for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other political detainees, as part of Myanmar’s national reconciliation process. The Foreign Ministers reiterated their view that the Myanmar Government should engage in a meaningful dialogue with all political groups, and work towards a peaceful transition to democracy in the near future.

The ASEAN Foreign Ministers also encouraged Myanmar to continue working closely with the Good Offices of the UN Secretary-General and his Special Advisor Ibrahim Gambari in ensuring an inclusive process towards national reconciliation. They stressed the importance of Professor Gambari’s work in helping Myanmar move forward. They welcomed the Myanmar Government’s invitation last week to Professor Gambari to visit Myanmar in August 2008 and reiterated their call for Myanmar to extend its fullest cooperation to Professor Gambari. They urged the Myanmar government to give him access to senior leaders and to facilitate meetings with the widest possible range of contacts, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

On Myanmar, we discussed both the political situation which I have just issued a statement on, and also on the post-Nargis situation in the Delta. For the post-Nargis situation, the PONJA report, which is the Post-Nargis Joint Assessment Report, will be formally released tomorrow at 6pm. And since there will be a separate press conference on this, with my Myanmar counterpart, the UN Secretary-General, the incoming Thai Chair and Sir John Holmes from UN OCHA, I’m holding back that part of the discussion till tomorrow and I ask for your patience. Thank you very much. Now if I could have questions on the political situation, then I will be happy to answer them here.

Q: What was the Myanmar Foreign Minister’s reply to the call by his ASEAN colleagues for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release?

Minister: Well he explained that under their law, the maximum period of detention for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is one year as approved by the Home Minister and five more years as approved by the Prime Minister as a cabinet decision, meaning a maximum of 6 years, and he told us that the 6-year limit will come up in about half a year’s time.

Q: You said that the Myanmar Minister was telling you that the detention would end in about half a year’s time, does that mean that Aung San Suu Kyi will be released after the end of the six years?

Minister: I’m just repeating what he told me, but I think that is not an inaccurate inference.

Q: But were the ASEAN ministers satisfied with that explanation?

Minister: On Myanmar, we have long taken a position which we knew did not have the full agreement of the Myanmar Foreign Minister. We understand the position he is in, and we agreed that in my statement to you, I should mention by name, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Thank you very much and good night.
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 21, 2008 at 4:41 pm

Another Burma promise

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Bangkok Post, 21 July 2008

SingaporeBurma ratified the charter of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Monday and vowed to uphold its democratic ideals, but dashed hopes of releasing opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi within the next six months.

The country, vilified for its dictatorial government and human rights abuses, became the seventh of the 10-member regional grouping to ratify the document, which was signed by the leaders in November last year.

Myanmar‘s ratification of the charter demonstrates our strong commitment to embrace the common values and aspirations of the peoples of Asean,” Foreign Minister Nyan Win said, using the military dictators’ new name for Burma.

“It is my honest hope that with the growing momentum of ratification, our common goal and commitment to complete ratification of the charter by all member states will be realized at the time of our leaders’ summit in Bangkok” in December, he added.

While foreign ministers attending the 41st Asean Ministers Meeting watched, Nyan Win handed over the document to Asean Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan, to the applause of observers.

Burma was also among the Asean countries which unanimously set up a high-level panel on an Asean human rights body, and endorse its terms of reference.

“We urged Myanmar to take bolder steps towards a peaceful transition to democracy in the near future,” and work towards the holding of free and fair general elections in 2010,” said the minister’s communique at the end of the meeting.

“We reiterated our calls for the release of all political detainees, including Suu Kyi, to pave the way for meaningful dialogue involving all parties concerned.”

In a separate statement, Singapore Minister for Foreign Af`fairs George Yeo said Ngan Win had clarified that Suu Kyi would not be released in the next six months, but six months from May 2009, the expiry date of the existing one-year detention order.

Yeo, who is also Asean chairman, and other foreign ministers “misunderstood the point made by the Burmese foreign minister on the limit of the detention period,” a statement said.

The “clarification” was made at the ministers’ meeting Monday afternoon.

Suu Kyi has spent 13 years in detention since 1989. Her house arrest was recently extended.

Surin said he was sure the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia would soon ratify the charter and that he expected the ratification process to be completed by December.

“The charter will help us building an Asean community we can all be proud of,” he said.

The document, which will turn the 41-year-old regional grouping into a legal entity, was initially opposed by the ruling junta because of its inclusion of human rights.

Several Philippine senators said they would oppose the ratification of the charter until the military junta that has ruled Burma since 1962 institutes democratic reforms.

In opening the meeting, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Asean had decided to press on with the charter’s implementation without waiting for all 10 members to ratify it.

“The internal processes of member countries are different and some will be more difficult than others, Lee said.

The Burmese ratification occurred a day after Asean ministers expressed their “deep disappointment” over the continued detention of Suu Kyi and undetermined numbers of political prisoners.

Asean comprises Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/topstories/topstories.php?id=128981

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 21, 2008 at 2:09 pm

ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ကို လႊတ္ေပးေတာ့မယ္ ဆိုတဲ့ကိစၥ

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  1. ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ကို လႊတ္ေပးေတာ့မယ္ ဆိုတဲ့ကိစၥနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံျခားေရး ဝန္ႀကီး ဦးဥာဏ္ဝင္းက ေျပာတာေတြကို အာဆီယံအဖြဲ႔ ႏိုင္ငံျခားေရး ဝန္ႀကီးမ်ား အစည္းအေဝးရဲ႕ ညစာစားပြဲမွာ စကၤာပူႏိုင္ငံျခားေရးဝန္ႀကီးက ထုတ္ေဖာ္ ေျပာဆိုပါတယ္။
  2. ျမန္မာဥပေဒမွာ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ကို အမ်ားဆံုး ထိန္းသိမ္းထားဖို႔အတြက္ ျပည္ထဲေရး ဝန္ႀကီးရဲ႕ အတည္ျပဳခ်က္က တႏွစ္ျဖစ္ၿပီး၊ ဝန္ႀကီးခ်ဳပ္ရဲ႕အတည္ျပဳခ်က္က (၅)ႏွစ္ ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း၊ (၆)ႏွစ္သက္တမ္းဟာ လာမယ့္ (၆)လခန္႔ေလာက္မွာ အဆံုးသတ္မွာ ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း ဦးဥာဏ္ဝင္း ေျပာျပတာကုိ စကၤာပူ ႏိုင္ငံျခားေရးဝန္ႀကီး Yeo က ကိုးကား ေျပာဆိုသြားပါတယ္။
  3. ဒီအဓိပၸာယ္ဟာ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ကို (၆)လအၾကာမွာ ျပန္လႊတ္ေပးမယ္လို႔ ဆိုလိုသလားလို႔ ေမးတဲ့အခါမွာ Yeo က ဦးဥာဏ္ဝင္း ေျပာတဲ့အတိုင္း ျပန္ေျပာျပတာ ျဖစ္ၿပီး မတိက် မေရရာတဲ့ ထင္ျမင္သံုးသပ္ခ်က္လို႔ သူထင္ေၾကာင္း ျပန္ေျဖသြားပါတယ္။
  4. သိပ္မေဝးတဲ့ အနာဂတ္မွာ ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းစြာနဲ႔ ဒီမိုကေရစီ အသြင္ေျပာင္းေရးနဲ႔ ၂ဝ၁ဝ ခုႏွစ္ အေထြေထြ ေရြးေကာက္ပြဲကို လြတ္လြတ္လပ္လပ္ သမာသမတ္ရွိေစေရးအတြက္ ျမန္မာအစိုးရက ရဲရဲဝံ့ဝံ့ လုပ္ေဆာင္ဖို႔ အာဆီယံ ႏိုင္ငံျခားေရး ဝန္ႀကီးေတြက လူသိရွင္ၾကား တရားဝင္ထုတ္ျပန္မယ့္ ေၾကညာခ်က္ အၾကမ္းမွာ တိုက္တြန္းထားပါတယ္။ မနက္ျဖန္ (၂၂-၇-၂ဝဝဂ)မွာ အဲဒီေၾကညာခ်က္အၾကမ္းကို အေခ်ာသတ္ၿပီး ထုတ္ျပန္မွာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

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July 21, 2008 at 6:57 am

World focus on Burma (21 July 2008)

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UN welcomes Myanmar’s post-cyclone recovery plan

Earthtimes (press release), UK –

New York – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed an assessment for future international humanitarian assistance to Myanmar following the …

POLITICS: South Asia Maps Its Own Development Destiny

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

… Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam — will be merged into a single market and production base. …

Save the Children: Time for donors to give more to Burma says Save …

Politics.co.uk, UK –

World governments had pledged to give more money to Burma on condition that an independent assessment of the needs was carried out and that international …

ASEAN human rights body to rely on ‘peer pressure’

Radio Australia, Australia –

But Singapore, Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam are pressing to water down the terms of reference to ensure the human rights body is largely an advisory …

Critics skeptical of Burma’s ratification of ASEAN Charter

Mizzima.com, India –

David Scott Mathieson, Burma consultant of the Human Rights Watch said, Burma’s signing the charter is ‘technically’ significant but cannot be …

Foreign ministers set up panel on ASEAN human right body (Roundup)

Monsters and Critics.com –

It also commits ASEAN to the principles of ‘democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms, rule of law and good governance.’ ‘We are committed to make …

ASEAN tackles border spat, rights and Myanmar

elEconomista.es, Spain –

… urgedCambodia and Thailand on Monday to show restraint over amilitary standoff on their border and took steps to create aregional human rights body. …

Karen Refugees Forced to Return

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“Thailand should raise concern about the Burmese human rights violations that cause forced displacement as well as responding humanely to its victims …

Political Prisoner Dies in Burma Prison

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE The 137th political prisoner died on July 18 due to a lack of health care in a Burmese prison, a Burmese human rights group, the Assistance …

UW is home to Asian language immersion programs

The Capital Times, WI –

So people who want to go to Burma or Laos or Thailand or Indonesia or the Philippines to do research or business or whatever, we serve them. …

Asean Seeks Myanmar Aid, Attempts to Ease Thai-Cambodia Tension

Bloomberg –

Myanmar’s army assisted the government and international aid workers in providing “more effective, and timely delivery of aid supplies” to storm victims, …

Goldman Sachs Celebrates the Next Generation of World-Class Leaders
Business Wire (press release), CA –
… to produce broad social benefits for orphans of AIDs victims in Thailand, literacy programs in Burma, and community medical clinics in South Africa. …

Cyclone Nargis cost Burma $4bn, says UN report

guardian.co.uk, UK –

The UN’s humanitarian chief, John Holmes, said full access to storm-hit areas had now been granted, as well as an independent assessment of aid to ensure it …

Burma aid effort ‘requires $1bn’

BBC News, UK –

Burma’s ruling generals were criticised in the wake of the cyclone for being slow to accept international aid. Asean has already played a key part in …

ASEAN criticizes Myanmar over Nargis and the detention of Aug San …

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

ASEAN mainly criticized Myanmar’s rejection of international aid, the only possibility for resolving the tremendous emergency facing the population. …

Vigil for Burma to be held in downtown Dallas

Pegasus News, TX –

This is the second such event in Dallas supporting the people of Burma; the first being the vigil at Southern Methodist University in October 2007, …

Farmers Dispute Official ‘Back to Normal’ Claims

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By AUNG THET WINE LAPUTTA, Burma — Despite official assurances that rice production in the cyclone-devastated Irrawaddy delta has fully resumed, …

Observers doubt Myanmar on ASEAN charter pledges

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

Myanmar was also severely criticized internationally for its delay in allowing foreign aid into the country after a May 2-3 cyclone that left 138000 people …

Why Dr N. Nesiah is unfit to function as a Commissioner?

Ministry of Defence (press release), Sri Lanka –

(e) Dr. N has identified himself on the international front with the CPA on the issue of Burma. He has signed a communication describing himself as from CPA …

Myanmar appeals for more foreign aid to help victims of Cyclone …

The Associated Press –

SINGAPORE (AP) — Myanmar is appealing for more foreign aid to help victims of Cyclone Nargis. Foreign Minister Nyan Win said more assistance would shorten …

Missonary, teacher and world traveler

KeepMEcurrent.com, ME –

(Photo by Kate Irish Collins) Byu is from Burma, now known as Myanmar, a country on the Bay of Bengal, sandwiched between Thailand, Laos, Bangladesh and …

Asean Seeks Myanmar Aid, Attempts to Ease Thai-Cambodia Tension

Bloomberg –

… assistance in the country formerly known as Burma, and today appealed for $300 million to fund relief efforts in Myanmar through the rest of this year. …

ASEAN demands action on soaring commodity prices

AFP –

SINGAPORE (AFP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers called for action Monday to reduce soaring commodity prices and urged Myanmar’s junta to immediately …

ASEAN demands action on soaring commodity prices

AFP –

SINGAPORE (AFP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers called for action Monday to reduce soaring commodity prices and urged Myanmar’s junta to immediately …

Singapore: Transcript of Door-stop Interview by Minister for …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

I would like to brief you on our discussion on Myanmar this evening. The ASEAN Foreign Ministers had a full and frank discussion on the political situation …

Singapore: Statement by ASEAN Chair, Singapore’s Minister for …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

… Ministers misunderstood the point made by the Myanmar Foreign Minister on the limit of the detention period of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi under Myanmar law. …

Myanmar cyclone recovery cost tops $1 bln–UN/ASEAN

Reuters –

The United Nations appealed earlier this month for more than $300 million in additional aid for the former Burma, on top of $178 million already provided by …

Burma cyclone aid to cost $1bn over three years

Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa –

Rebuilding Burma’s cyclone-devastated south and bringing aid to millions of survivors will cost $1-billion over the next three years, the United Nations and …

Burma Cyclone Damage Estimated at $4 Billion

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By AP SINGAPORE — A new UN-led report says the damage from Burma’s Cyclone Nargis in May is estimated to be US $4 billion. The report released Monday says …

Burmese Junta Signs Asean Charter

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The Burma issue is one of its top agendas during the meeting. “Just as we could not ignore political developments in Myanmar [Burma], neither could we stand …

Laurel church helps 80000 orphans

KPAX-TV, MT –

Chylo Laszloffy visited Myanmar or Burma after the Cyclone. Laszloffy says, “There is a lot of disease and the it’s hard to find food because the rivers …

Another Burma promise

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

“Myanmar’s ratification of the charter demonstrates our strong commitment to embrace the common values and aspirations of the peoples of Asean,” Foreign …

LEAD: ASEAN urges Myanmar junta to release Suu Kyi, usher in …

TMCnet –

(Japan Economic Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) SINGAPORE, July 21_(Kyodo) _ ASEAN foreign ministers urged Myanmar to free all political detainees in a …

Observers doubt Myanmar on ASEAN charter pledges

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

… of the Free Burma Coalition group of independent democracy advocates. Just seven days after the cyclone, Myanmar insisted on holding a referendum on a …

Bus blasts kill three, injure 18 in south-west China (Roundup)

Monsters and Critics.com –

The agency said border guards had tightened security at all exit and entry points in Yunnan, which has long borders with Myanmar (Burma), Laos and Vietnam. …

South-east Asian nations express “disappointment” at Burma

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

“They repeated the call by Asean leaders for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political detainees as part of Myanmar’s [Burma’s] national …

Burma ratifies pro-human rights charter

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

… with that explanation, Yeo said: “We have long taken a position which we knew did not have the full agreement of the Myanmar [Burma] foreign minister. …

Myanmar ratifies ASEAN pact on democracy, rights

AFP –

SINGAPORE (AFP) — Myanmar’s junta ratified a new ASEAN charter binding it to ideals of democracy and human rights Monday, as ministers urged the regime to …

Burma appealing for more aid to help cyclone victims

USA Today –

SINGAPORE (AP) — Burma is appealing for more foreign aid to help victims of Cyclone Nargis. Foreign Minister Nyan Win said more assistance would shorten his …

Threat on India’s northern border

Organiser, India –

If you think that’s not smart enough for warriors of Sun Tzu, than take a look at the borders from North to East -Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar are …

SOS Malta helps Myanmar victims

di-ve.com, Malta –

by di-ve.com – editorial@di-ve.com A delegation from SOS Malta’s Sri Lankan partner, Healing Hands, has just returned from an aid visit to Burma and will …

Asean Ministers Meet to Discuss Thai-Cambodia Tensions, Myanmar

Bloomberg –

The military, which has ruled the country formerly known as Burma since 1962, extended opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest by one year on May …

Isolated Myanmar regime ratifies regional charter including human …

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

Suu Kyi has now been detained for more than 12 of the last 18 years at her home in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. In a Monday address to ASEAN foreign …

New wave of dissidents arises in Myanmar

Chicago Tribune, United States –

YANGON, Myanmar — They operate in the shadows, slipping by moonlight from safe house to safe house and meeting under cover of monasteries or clinics to plot …

Myanmar, Thai-Cambodia crisis dominate ASEAN talks

AFP –

SINGAPORE (AFP) — Political prisoners in Myanmar and a Thai-Cambodia border crisis dominated talks between Southeast Asian foreign ministers Monday, …

Myanmar ratifies ASEAN charter

The Associated Press –

Suu Kyi has now been detained for more than 12 of the last 18 years at her home in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. In a Monday address to ASEAN foreign …

ASEAN Slams Myanmar Ahead Of Regional Security Meeting

RTT News, NY –

(RTTNews) – Ahead of an annual security meeting of Southeast Asian nations, the group slammed military-ruled Myanmar over its dismal human rights record and …

ASEAN begins meeting amid fears of being sidelined in region+

TMCnet –

On Myanmar, Yeo said Myanmar Foreign Minister Nyan Win has indicated that political dissident Aung San Suu Kyi could be released in about six months time, …

Is it the beginning of greater commitment to lasting democracy in …

IPPmedia, United Republic of Tanzania –

… in many countries, including a number of the former Soviet Republics or even recently Mongolia, not to mention the current situation in Myanmar (Burma). …

ASEAN issues strong rebuke against Myanmar ahead of regional …

The Canadian Press, SINGAPORE –

SINGAPORE — Southeast Asian nations issued their strongest rebuke ever to military-ruled Myanmar before opening an annual security meeting Monday amid a …

ASEAN aims to foster trust between international community, Myanmar

Monsters and Critics.com –

The crisis over Cyclone Nargis, which struck Myanmar in May, ‘tested ASEAN unity and forced us to consider what ASEAN meant to Myanmar and in turn what …

China’s “rug merchants” of the UN

Enter Stage Right, Canada –

In countries from Angola to Zimbabwe to Burma, China also sells the ruling elites the weapons they need to hold onto power – and rig the occasional election, …

‘Bare’ in the works

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

… which is providing food, water and temporary shelter to victims of the earthquake in China and the cyclone in Burma, which destroyed infrastructure, …

Southeast Asia tackles food, energy security

Reuters India, India –

By Manny Mogato SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Southeast Asian foreign ministers will tackle spiralling food and fuel prices at their annual meeting on Monday, …

MPs: Halt Burma aid

Politics.co.uk, UK –

Humanitarian aid to Burma should be halted unless the country’s military rulers stop abusing it, the government has been told. An influential committee of …

Murder Most Foul

Asia Sentinel, China –

But you cannot be a first-world country with a legal system whose main characteristics are shared by the likes of Zimbabwe, Burma and North Korea. …

Garang’s secret plan to marginalize the Nuer at Navivasha 2005

Sudan Tribune, Sudan –

The occupation and re-colonization of Sudan would set a precedent for any countries in Afro-Asia such as Zimbabwe, Syria, Iran and Myanmar (Burma) would …

Murder Most Foul

Asia Sentinel, China –

But you cannot be a first-world country with a legal system whose main characteristics are shared by the likes of Zimbabwe, Burma and North Korea. …

ASEAN issues strong rebuke against Myanmar ahead of regional …

International Herald Tribune, France –

… a statement expressing “deep disappointment” that Myanmar’s junta had extended the detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi by another year. …

Myanmar, Thai-Cambodia crisis dominate ASEAN talks

AFP – 1 hour ago

Efforts to get aid to about two million survivors of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar are also expected to feature prominently in Monday’s talks, …

Myanmar, Thai-Cambodia crisis dominate ASEAN talks

AFP –

The talks took place after Myanmar extended Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest for another year in May, and earned widespread criticism for its refusal to …

An Indian perspective on China: Pallavi Aiyar

Danwei, Hong Kong –

Q: How do you see the balance of power in the region developing, with the complex web of relations between India, Iran, Pakistan, Nepal, Burma and China? …

MoviesOnline, Canada –

… aid workers recruit John Rambo to guide them up the Salween River to deliver medical supplies to the Karen tribe of neighboring Burma (aka Myanmar). …

Pope prays for ill Cardinal Cassidy

CathNews, Australia –

While Cardinal Cassidy was born in Sydney, he spent much of his life as an emissary of the Vatican working in India, Ireland, China, Bangladesh, Burma, …

Pillay Will Have Her Work Cut Out for Her in Geneva

New York Sun, United States –

Currently, Geneva almost never speaks out forcefully against Zimbabwe, Burma, Cuba, China, Russia, most Arab countries, or other places where human rights …

Asia forum to tackle local security

The Canberra Times, Australia –

ASEAN has been criticised for doing little to force Burma, a member, to change its ways, but was hailed for persuading the junta to accept international aid …

Commentary: Help us cease from striving

Dallas Baptist Standard, TX –

One native leader from Burma told about delivering aid to victims of the devastating cyclone and people being saved as unburied bodies littered the fields. …

Asia forum to tackle local security

The Canberra Times, Australia –

Also on the agenda will be the behaviour of Burma’s junta, which has done little to allow democracy and has refused to free opposition leader Aung San Suu …

Burma to dominate Asean summit

BBC News, UK –

They will address some large challenges for the 40-year-old association, among them the issue of Burma’s membership. The summit will release a full …

The three at the centre of attention

Livemint, India –

Karat was born to Keralite parents on 7 February 1948, in Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar), where his father worked for British Railways. …

Thailand stands to miss its chance to shine as asean chair

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

To a certain degree, Asean has regained its creditability after a decade of Burma’s non-compliance by convincing the Burmese junta to loosen up its …

Columns: Catastrophe victims need help

Meadville Tribune, PA –

Only recently did the cyclone hit the Myanmar and Burma region. Shortly after that, China suffered a devastating earthquake. Both of these killed thousands …

Border dispute, Myanmar, top ASEAN ministers’ talks

AFP –

Efforts to get aid to about two million survivors of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar are also expected to feature prominently when talks continue on Monday. …

조선일보(영문판), South Korea –

High on the agenda will be relief efforts in the military-ruled nation of Burma, which was devastated by cyclone Nargys in May. …

Pilgrims renew an ancient faith

The Australian, Australia –

For young Catholics who came from 177 countries, some with the odds stacked against them, like those from Burma, Pope Benedict encouraged them to keep the …

John Nichols: Obama, McCain & Tibet

The Capital Times, WI –

President Bush has announced that, despite China’s violent crackdowns on dissent in Tibet and its support for the brutal dictatorships of Sudan and Burma, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 21, 2008 at 4:21 am

News about Aung San Suu Kyi’s freedom in six months

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Aung San Suu Kyi’s Detention Is Due To Expire Six Months From May 2009
Bernama, Malaysia –
Yeo, who is also Asean Standing Committee chairman, said he and the other foreign ministers had misunderstood the point made by the Myanmar Foreign Minister …

Hopes for Suu Kyi release fade at Asean meet

Straits Times, Singapore –

HOPES for the release of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi were raised and then quickly faded at a meeting of South-east Asian ministers, …

Opposition leader ‘free in six months’

Scotsman, United Kingdom –

Burma: A senior figure in the military junta has suggested that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be freed from house arrest in about six months. …

ASEAN pushes Burma for Suu Kyi’s release

Radio Australia, Australia –

A meeting of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Singapore is pushing Burma’s military junta to release detained pro-democracy leader, …

Aung San Suu Kyi may be freed in six months time: Yeo

Mizzima.com, India –

Amidst international condemnation and legal challenges, Burma’s military government on May 27 extended the house arrest period of the Nobel peace laureate …

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi could be freed in 6 months

NDTV.com, India –

Myanmar has indicated that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be freed in six months, because current laws limit her maximum detention period to six …

Myanmar says Suu Kyi may soon be freed

The Associated Press –

She has now been detained for more than 12 of the last 18 years at her home in Myanmar, also known as Burma. After the dinner meeting, the ASEAN members …

Myanmar Junta Pressed on Detainee

Wall Street Journal –

AP The Association of Southeast Asian Nations expressed “deep disappointment” about the continued detention of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Burmese minister hints at Suu Kyi release

Radio Australia, Australia –

Burma’s foreign minister has indicated his country’s military junta could release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest in about six months. …

Burma junta hints at release for Aung San Suu Kyi in 6 months

USA Today –

SINGAPORE (AP) — A senior figure in Myanmar’s military junta has suggested that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be freed from house arrest in about …

ASEAN criticises Suu Kyi’s detention

ABC Online, Australia –

“They repeated the call by ASEAN leaders for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political detainees as part of Myanmar’s [Burma’s] national …

Myanmar opposition leader could be freed in six months

Trend News Agency, Azerbaijan –

Myanmar has indicated that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be freed in six months, because current laws limit her maximum detention period to six …

Burmese laureate could be freed

guardian.co.uk, UK –

Burma was reported last night to have given the strongest hint yet that detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi could soon be released. …

Myanmar official hints at freedom for Suu Kyi

South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –

AP in Singapore Myanmar’s junta has indicated to its Southeast Asian neighbours that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be freed from house arrest in …

Suu Kyi release likely in 6 months, hints Myanmar

Hindu, India –

SINGAPORE: Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Laureate and Myanmar’s celebrated democracy campaigner, may be released from house arrest in Yangon in about six …

Burma may free Suu Kyi in 6 months: S’pore minister

Howrah News Service, India –

BY JIM GOMEZ July 20: Burma’s military junta has indicated to its Southeast Asian neighbours that Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be freed from …

ASEAN ministers ‘deeply disappointed’ over Suu Kyi detention

AFP –

SINGAPORE (AFP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers expressed “deep disappointment” Sunday over Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 21, 2008 at 4:17 am