In London, Lord Levene Continues in Myanmar with
Lloyds and Total, UN Stands Pat
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press in the UK: News Analysis
14 -- While at the UN in New York,
UK Ambassador John Sawers thunders about human rights abuses in
he calls Burma, here in London the business insider Lord Peter Levene
as chairman of Lloyd's and board member of Total to do lucrative
Than Shwe's military government.
and oil activities in Myanmar
provide an estimated $1 billion a year to the regime. Lloyd's reinsures
Shwe's aviation and nautical assets, the latter most recently deployed
further of Myanmar's off-shore energy interests. Thus Levene's two
natural resources and insurance, work seamlessly together, and the odd
face-saving letter from the UK Foreign Office does not bring about any
UK's Lord Levene, oppression in Myanmar not
the week in New York, Inner
City Press asked Ban Ki-moon's Deputy Spokesperson
Inner City Press: Given the
announcements of these 65-year prison sentences and crackdown on people
Myanmar that organized the demonstrations … given that Ban Ki-moon has
this issue is so important -- what does the UN have to say or is going
Deputy Spokesperson Okabe: I
don’t have an official statement on the
reports that you are mentioning, but, as you know, the
repeatedly called for the Myanmar authorities to release all political
prisoners and allow all citizens of Myanmar to participate freely in
country’s political process, as part of a process of national
Inner City Press: Does this mean
that Mr. Gambari is still going to go there?
What’s the … Has anyone in the UN communicated to
the junta that this is
a step backwards?
Deputy Spokesperson Okabe: As
I said, I don’t have an official reaction
to the press reports that you mentioned.
The Secretary-General’s position on the issue of
Myanmar remains the
same, as you know.
And that UN
remaining the same, as the arrests and length prison terms pile up, may
of the problems. The U.S., too -- back on September 10, Inner City
U.S. official Daniel Glaser about insurers doing business in Myanmar,
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