» 07/04/2009, 00.00
The Burmese junta bans meeting between Ban Ki-moon and Aung San Suu Kyi
Gen. Than Shwe justifies his refusal saying he does not want to "interfere with judicial process." The opposition leader is in jail accused of having violated the terms of her house arrest. The farcical trial is postponed once again.
Dialogue with Beijing is essential for democracy in Myanmar
The idea is behind the UN’s special envoy for Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari’s current trip to Asia, to push the regime to recognise human rights and democracy. First stop in China, then India and Japan. But Beijing responds: the situation in Myanmar is no concern of ours, it is an internal question.
26/03/2010 MYANMAR – UNITED NATIONS
Ban Ki-moon calls on Burmese regime to guarantee credible elections
The UN secretary general says he is frustrated and disappointed by the results of UN diplomacy. He wants to see all political prisoners take part in the elections, especially Aung San Suu Kyi. Divisions within the United Nations prevent a more decisive action against the military dictatorship.
26/07/2011 MYANMAR – UNITED NATIONS
UN appreciates “constructive” meeting between Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar minister
The opposition leader and the Labour minister meet for more than an hour. Few details are release about what they discussed, but the focus remains the rule of law. More meetings are expected in the future. The UN’s Ban Ki-moon is encouraging the dialogue and has renewed his appeal for the release of the country’s 2,000 political prisoners.
21/11/2007 MYANMAR – UNITED NATIONS
Junta releases demonstrators but only so that they can die at home
Sources tell AsiaNews that some prisoners freed as a token of the generals’ good will survive only for a few days as a result of the inhumane treatment received whilst in prison. UN resolution condemns the generals for the September crackdown, but votes in favour are less than 50 per cent. UN Envoy Gambari is set for a new mission.
26/10/2009 INDIA – MYANMAR
Optimism about Aung San Suu Kyi is unjustified, no change in Myanmar, Burmese exile says
Military junta envisages “easing” the terms of the Nobel Prize laureate’s house arrest and the possibility of giving her a role in the process of national reconciliation. ASEAN, Chinese and Indian leaders react positively to the announcement, but the euphoria it generated will not help the country’s process of democratisation.
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