Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The Junta's "Road Map to Democracy" a sham

Than Shwe has been quote by the New Light of Myanmar as stating, "Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has called for confrontation, utter devastation, economic sanctions and all other sanctions." Only after she gives up these four demands, will Than Shwe be willing to engage in a dialogue with her.

However, UN special envoy to Myanmar Ibrahim Gambari and Malaysia have stressed the necessity of unconditional sanctions to help both parties gain trust and cooperate in achieving national reconciliation.

While Suu Kyi has called for the international community to enact sanctions against the junta, she have never publicly wished for chaos and the overthrow of the government.
from today's New York Times Article "Myanmar Reaches Out to Dissident:

A commentary on Monday in the government’s English-language newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar, indicated that the government was not planning to release her any time soon, despite widespread demands from abroad.

“The three demands of the protesters — lowering consumer prices, release of Aung San Suu Kyi and political prisoners, and national reconciliation — cannot be satisfied through protest,” the paper said.

It added: “Now, those responsible are making arrangements to draft the state Constitution and collect the list of voters. When the state Constitution is approved, the fulfillment of the three demands will be within reach.” The drafting of a new constitution is one of the steps on a “road map” that the junta says will lead to a form of “disciplined democracy,” but the constitutional guidelines it adopted in August assured that the military would play the dominant role in any government.

The completion of a constitution and its approval in a referendum could still take many months or years, some analysts have said.

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