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UN was "Disrespectful" In Approach to Aung San Suu Kyi, NLD Leader Says

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis

UNITED NATIONS, December 8 -- As political leaders east and west are calling for the UN to do more about the situation in Myanmar, Monday in New York leaders of that country's National League for Democracy criticized the UN's last trip to Yangoon. NLD leader Khun Mying Tun, speaking at New York University, was asked by Inner City Press to review the UN's recent performance. He referred to UN staff shouting at Daw Aun San Suu Kyi through a bullhorn and pasting fliers on the gate of the house in which she is under house arrest.

  "That is not a polite gesture in our culture," he said. "We viewed it as the junta trying to embarrass our leader."

   The event, held in the 9th floor of NYU's student center with its swirling view of Greenwich Village, was sponsored by Amnesty International. Inner City Press asked Khun Mying Tun if the NDL thinks Amnesty International and similar groups like Human Rights Watch should put more pressure on companies which invest in Myanmar, like France's Total and South Korea's Daewoo.

   "They use our people as cheap labor and slaves," he said. "Amnesty International should definitely not support companies which invest in Burma."

UN's Ban and Than Shwe: NDL says UN disrespected country's culture

   Khun Mying Tun was decidedly more diplomatic and elusive when asked about China. They are our neighbor, he said. They could be helpful as a mediator.

   Prior to his talk, a film called "In the Shadow of the Pagodas" was screened. It portrayed and interviewed armed Karen and Shan rebels and showed oblivious tourists in Myanmar. Afterwards, Khun Mying Tun was asked by an Amnesty International member for the NLD's view on tourism in Myanmar. "We cannot guarantee your safety," he said, citing the case of the Japanese cameraman killed in September 2007. "If you come for pleasure, you are helping the junta," he said. "If you come as the cameraman, you are welcome." But safety is not assured. He concluded by referring to a lawsuit against the Than Shwe regime under the U.S. Alien Torts Claims Act, on which we hope to report more.

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