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A Funny Thing Happened On Road To Burma Election….

The militay junta of Myamar which enjoys complete control of the nation has announced there will be a general election in 2010 as well as an oppourtunity to vote for a new constitution. Ordinarily, on the road to an election, there are competing parties which offer their ideas and candidates, but that is not exactly what will happen in Burma. As Australia’s Foreign Minister, Stephen Smith, noted about the election: “We’re frankly very skeptical, we’re not persuaded this is anything more than a cynical sham.” Japan has tried hard to engage leaders of the military junta which runs the country, and it also expressed concerns about the announcement saying while they praised the desire for an election, “however, the process does not allow participation by Aung San Suu Kyi and other (opposition) parties.”

Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party merely commented the “announcement is vague, incomplete and strange.” The junta slipped into the constitution a paragraph which bars any candidate from running for public office if the person is “entitled to the rights and privileges of a foreign country.” Her late husband was British so this disqualifies her from running. This is the road to democracy in Burma.

Glimmer Of Hope-Burmese Junta Ready For Talks

The New Light, official publication of Myanmar’s military junta, printed an article asking opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to engage in discussions in order to resolve problems. “There should be some form of compromise,” said the publication. “If one side makes concessions, the other side should do so. The situation will get worse if both sides are arrogantly intransigent refusing to budge from their stand.” It appears the military junta is finally ready to enter into serious negotiations in light of world wide concern for the people of Burma. UN envoy, Ibrahim Gambrini, in an interview with the Jakarta Post urged such a meeting “the sooner the better” because both sides have to work out a transition plan for the future. Grambrini is very worried about making sudden changes because he fears it would result in the type of chaos presently in Iraq due to President Bush’s decision to quickly dismantle the Iraqi armed forces.

The UN envoy is working quietly to resolve the stand off between Myanmar’s forces of democracy and the oppressive military junta. In the midst of these negotiations, President Bush announced new sanctions against Myanmar. Bush refused to allow UN representatives to deal with Saddam Hussein and the famous WMD and now he is interfering with UN efforts to peacefully resolve the Myanmar conflict. When will Bush learn to take a deep breath and allow the UN to do its job?

UN Envoy And Indonesia President Work With Mayanmar

UN envoy Ibrahim Gambani told the Indonesian press the outside world had to work cautiously with military leaders of Burma in order to achieve success. “We need to go on a combination of strong encouragement to authorities in Myanmar to do the right thing along with incentives to the extent the world is not to punish Myanmar.” The Indonesian president indicated he has received assurances from Burma’s military leaders of their willingness to cooperate with the Un. Indonesia’s defense minister warned pushing ahead too quickly in moving from a military dictatorship to democracy ran the risk of creating another Iraq.

Indonesia has experience in shifting from being a military dictatorship to a democratic society. They fear quick movement from one to the other would result in chaos within Burma since at this point the army is th only institution with capability of ensuring stability.