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MYANMAR - UNITED NATIONS
United Nations: Thein Sein to build a "harmonious society" with Aung San Suu Kyi
President acknowledges "crucial" role played by opposition leader, and reiterates the value of "diversity" as part of the country's rich heritage. Stability, the rule of law and economic growth are his main goals. GDP should reach 7.7 per cent by 2015. An independent, multi-faith commission should investigate anti-Rohingya violence.
The new government, a “puppet” in the hands of the military, says Burmese trade union leader
U Maung Maung stresses the absence of “new faces” in parliament, where most are military or former military. The new president plays “the role assigned to him,” but will not share power. Trade union leader urges the international community not to recognise the government. For him, the dictatorship is weakening, “a few more shoves in the right places will lead to its collapse.”
Thein Sein pardons three humanitarian workers involved in violence in Rakhine State
Announcement is posted on the Burmese president's website. Two brothers, both UN workers, and an NGO volunteer were given two to six years in jail. No reason was given for the pardon. DVB editor says Thein Sein is consolidating his power, which could lead to clash with or reform of parliament.
Thein Sein's cabinet shuffle just a "smokescreen"
The Burmese president removes members of the old guard to promote more reform-minded people. However, Burma expert says the changes have not altered the underlying power structure. "Unsolved problems" persist as the old elites benefit from new opportunities.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s first trip outside Rangoon since her release, threats from the junta
She has arrived in the ancient city of Bagan, where she was met by her son, journalists and plain clothes police. She will remain there four days. The government has warned the Nobel Peace Prize Winner not to carry out political propaganda, "for security reasons." Her last trip to Bagan was in 1989.
False Amnesty: Burmese activist arrested 24 hours after release
U Win Htein, member of the National League for Democracy, freed September 23rd and re-arrested yesterday. He was first arrested in 1989 and condemned to 14 years prison in 1996. Confirmation that the release of 9002 prisoners was only “for show”.
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