November 2004


Yangon: Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi remains in good spirits despite facing another year under house arrest while the military regime tries to secure its goal of long-term control, a source close to her party said on Tuesday.
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Bangkok: The extension of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention allows Myanmar’s military regime to press ahead with its proclaimed democracy programme without having to cope with its chief critic, analysts said Tuesday.
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Vientiane: Myanmar’s (Burma’s) Prime Minister Soe Win would not confirm during bilateral talks with Thailand on Tuesday reports that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest had been extended for one year, officials said.
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Vientiane: Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said Tuesday that military-ruled Myanmar must reform before it takes over the leadership of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2006.
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Vientiane: Southeast Asian leaders Tuesday wrapped up meetings in Laos where renewed embarrassment over military-ruled Myanmar threatened to overshadow the signing of a historic trade deal with China.
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Manila: Philippine President Gloria Arroyo said Tuesday she has pressed Myanmar’s top military ruler about detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the need for democratic reform.
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Vientiane: Burma’s neighbours are “digging their own grave”, campaigners for democracy said yesterday, after a regional summit ignored the military dictatorship’s failure to reform.
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Aung San Suu Kyi, the face of Burma’s democratic opposition, has spent a total of nine years, one month and seven days in detention since her National League for Democracy (NLD) won a 1990 election in a landslide
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Jakarta: Burma’s ruling military junta has placed Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s charismatic opposition leader, under an additional year of house arrest, dashing hopes for an opening to democracy any time soon, government opponents said Monday.
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Yangon: Myanmar’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has had her period of house arrest extended by another year, her opposition party and security officials said on Monday.
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Yangon: Myanmar’s military leadership said Monday it was united and denied a purge of its former premier and his allies had left hardliners in charge, according to state media.
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Yangon: Thrown into prison 16 years ago as a strong-willed young student leader, Min Ko Naing, the highest profile dissident among more than 9,000 detainees freed by Myanmar’s military rulers, has emerged a frail and disoriented middle-aged man, supporters say.
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Yangon: More than 9,000 prisoners have been freed in Myanmar, completing releases recently promised by the military government, state-run media said Monday.
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November 27: Burma yesterday reaffirmed its commitment to the seven-step road map towards democracy initiated by ousted Prime Minister Khin Nyunt, saying the recent change in personnel would not mean changes in policy.
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Chittagong: The UNHCR is likely to review next month its stance on two Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar to persuade the government to end the stalemate in negotiations over the fate of the remaining 20, 000
refugees, said Ashfaq Wares Khan from Dhaka on 26th November 2004.
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Vientiane, Laos: Southeast Asian nations and China signed an accord Monday to create the world’s biggest free trade area by removing tariffs for their 2 billion people by decade’s end – a key step in their vision of a trade bloc to rival Europe and North America.
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Kuala Lumpur: Asean Governments have been “too soft for too long” with Myanmar, according to the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Caucus on Myanmar today.
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November 25: Yangon: Four separate agreements have been signed in Yangon over the past three days for total grants of $197,193 under Japan’s Grassroots Grant Assistance program, the Japanese Embassy said Thursday.
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Singapore: The Singapore government has come out publicly to urge Myanmar to make more determined and visible progress on its roadmap to democracy. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who met Myanmar’s Prime Minister Soe Win
on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Laos, expressed his concern at the situation in Myanmar.
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November 27: The UN envoy also believes that change in Burma can only come from within the country, strongly hinting that international pressure may not work.
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