UN's Myanmar Stalling, Exiles Curtailed in Jakarta, Suu Kyi House
Matthew Russell Lee
NATIONS, August 11 -- As in New York the UN Security Council delays
in even issuing a statement about the conviction of Aung San Suu Kyi
in Myanmar, in Jakarta a planned meeting of exiled Burmese democracy
figures was cut back by Indonesian authorities, from two days to less
than one. Three participants spoke to the Press in New York on August
7, in an event organized by Independent Diplomat, promoting their
upcoming Jakarta meeting. When four days later it was curtailed, no
update was given. On background, a media advisory arrived:
to restrictions by Indonesian police, a revised program to discuss
the Burma democracy movement’s transitional / national
reconciliation package with Indonesian parliamentarians, politicians
and Indonesia-based diplomats and NGOs will take place only briefly
tomorrow, Wednesday, August 12. The original two-day program, will
now be shortened to a one-day program where from 9 am -11 am a
briefing will be held for invitees and participants at the Sari Pan
Pacific Hotel and then continued in the afternoon from 2-5pm at the
Indonesian parliament, hosted by the PDI-P caucus at their office.
There are no scheduled events or meetings and NO press conference on
the three exiles
who appeared at the UN in New York on August 7, an Inner City Press
is intriguing about your items on 5 and 8 August is that the 'Trio'
seems to include both Sein Win (NCGUB) and Maung Maung (NCUB). Last
year, against SW's advice, MM tried to "unseat" the Myanmar
delegation. MM knew it was just propaganda, but he is a better
politician than SW. If they have really come together, that is news.
Of the Trio who met you, only Bo Hla-Tint is an elected NLD Member.
Maung Maung is the darling of AFL-CIO, the ITUC an the Italian Trade
Union Confederation, but was not elected in 1990. Sein Win is PND
(Party for National Democracy) and a cousin of Suu Kyi whose brother
Aung San Oo, a US citizen, married Le Le Nwe Thein who must have a
brother I assume to be Sein Win. Suu Kyi and Aung San Oo are fighting
for possession of 54 University Avenue which has supposedly just been
"sold" by family proxies for Aung San Oo, a sale which Suu
Kyi is currently contesting. Sein Win, wisely, keeps well out of this
The Lady, the house, the litigation not shown
they were all good friends:
U Win Sein, Chief Justice U Aung Toe, Attorney-General U Tha Tun and
Auditor-General Brig-Gen. Tin Aye then left the Mausoleum. U Nan Nwe
and family on behalf of U Aung San Oo and wife Daw Le Le Nwe Thein
and Secretary of National League for Democracy U Lwin and party, on
behalf of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi laid wreaths. Afterwards, families of
the Arzanis ["Martyrs"] laid wreaths at the respective
tombs and shared merits.' (New Light of Myanmar 20 July 2001)
Council's deliberations will continue. Watch this site.
UN, Burmese Exile Figures Denounce Nuclear and Constitution Reports,
No Team Ban Meeting
Matthew Russell Lee
NATIONS, August 8 -- Days before the military government in Myanmar
will announce its verdict on democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, three
exiled Burmese leaders came to the UN in New York and told the Press
of a "Proposal for National Reconciliation." Inner City
Press asked "prime minister in exile" Sein Win about the
Constitution that was pushed through in the wake of Cyclone Nargis,
and under which the UN is reportedly considering working with the
regime on a 2010 election.
Sein Win said that the under the
constitution, the Commander in Chief, who must have a military
background, appoints 25% of the seats. Since the Constitution can't
be amended with less than 75% of votes, he said, the military
essentially has a veto over any amendments.
asked about the reports of North Korea assisted tunnels and nuclear
developments in Myanmar. Foreign minster in exile U Bo Hla-Tint said
that the reports are worrying, and that the UN Security Council
should take them seriously. Ban
Ki-moon, when Inner City Press asked
him this week about the reports, replied that he had no information,
no substantial information.
envoy to Myanmar Ibrahim Gambari told Inner City Press that the Rohingya,
Muslims so mistreated in Myanmar they take to the seas,
facing further abuse in Thailand and elsewhere, are not within his
mandate. Inner City Press asked the trio who their proposal deals
with Rohingya. "They are citizens of Burma," said NCUB
General Secretary (in exile) U Maung Maung.
He added that
not need a nuclear reactor, on which he said Russia is helping. We
already sell gas to Thailand, he said. "Burma does not look
forward to being a nuclear state."
UN's Ban with "former armed groups" -- who
refuse to go the government's bidding on the border, per trio
trio was not
able to meet with Ban's envoy, Ibrahim Gambari. Later, several Ban
advisers moaned that "we're going to get demarched on
Monday, why did you not receive, etcetera." The Ban advisers
said of the Burmese trio that they are "nice guys" but
"getting older and older" and "desperate." A wire
service journalist opined that his Asian bureau opined that "the
generals will never listen to them." It was, then, sad. But
heartfelt. We'll have more on this.
The August 7 press conference was organized and promoted by
Independent Diplomat, which also at the UN pushes issues of climate
change and small states and Western Sahara, among others. On the
latter, a UN staffer recently marveled at Polisario's representative
in Australia signing deals with Australian energy companies for some
future date, while the UN and its Office of Legal Affairs has
strikingly declined to comment on complaints that Morocco is illegal
moving to exploit energy and other resources.
The National Coalition
Government of Burma press release, seemingly referring to U.S.
lobbying rules, says that "more information is available at the
Department of Justice." Might DOJ have information or views on
the legality of Morocco's exploitation of Western Sahara? Or might
the War on Terror, even under Obama, still seem more important?
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