September 2005


July 30: Burma’s ruling junta bowed to international pressure this week, forgoing the 2006 chairmanship of a key Asian regional forum but still failing to win over critics who renewed calls for democratic reforms.
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The Burmese junta has condemned a report commissioned by former Czech president Vaclav Havel and Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa calling on the UN Security Council to take immediate action against Burma. Opposition parties, however, welcomed the report.
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Yangon: Myanmar’s currencey, the kyat, fell to an all-time low of 1,330 to the U.S. dollar on the black market Friday, driving up prices of many ordinary commodities.
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Yangon: Myanmar on Friday rejected a report calling for the UN Security Council to intervene in the Asian nation and said claims about human rights abuses by the military regime were exaggerated.
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The Russian Ministry for Atomic Energy, or Minatom, confirmed today that talks with the Burmese military government on the development of a nuclear research facility in Kyaukse, Mandalay Division have resumed.
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September 29: The construction of a top secret military complex in central Burma, is to resume by the order of the ruling junta, State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) vice-chairman Gen Maung Aye, according to sources close the military HQs in Rangoon.
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September 28: A seminar aimed at promoting foreign investment in Burma was held in Singapore today.
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September 29: The relationship between Burma’s military junta, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) and the government of China might not be as good as before, a Bangkok-based diplomat told DVB.
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UN must demand end to human rights abuses, country to be placed on security council agenda
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It’s become commonplace in foreign capitals to pronounce that democracy can never be imposed by force. It’s also frequently stated that unilateral diplomacy and sanctions are doomed. (more…)

After the two-week long coup in National Democratic Army-Kachin was dealt with by supporters of Chairman Sahkung Tingying, officials from the Northern Command Headquarter are asking the four coup leaders to surrender, a Kachin official from NDA-K said.
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Local Burmese military authorities at Pegu in central Burma, have been intensely interrogating National League for Democracy (NLD) leaders since the celebration of the 17th anniversary of the formation of the party.
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Landmines take a heavy toll in lives and livelihoods
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22 Burmese citizens were arrested by the Bangladeshi Police at the border town of Teknaf in southern Bangladesh around 2 pm on 27 September.
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The price of gold and the US dollar has risen further in Burma after the government opened a shop selling gold coins.
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Malaysia’s deputy prime minister acknowledged Thursday that Asean’s chosen path of engaging Burma’s repressive military junta has yet to produce the desired results, but added there would be no change of course.
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September 28: Expelling Myanmar from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will not help solve the military-ruled country’s problems, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said.
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A UN human rights envoy has called on Burma’s military government for immediate reform by creating a freer political environment in the country and establishing democratic dialogue with opposition parties.
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A UN special envoy is pressing Myanmar’s military rulers to immediately release all political prisoners and to end serious human rights violations against the country’s ethnic minorities.
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This was a heck of a week for the World Bank to hold out the carrot that Burma one day could be eligible to have its $5.1 billion in debt erased.
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