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Analysts say that the 2008 Constitution and the junta's unyielding adherence to its seven-step roadmap toward the 2010 elections, will create a highly unstable political climate. Without an agreement on a national reconciliation, 2010 elections will go nowhere, except towards a new civil-war.

There is a serious question for the country. How much longer Burma can take time waiting for national reconciliation, democratic transition and full respect for human rights? The cost of delay will be paid in thousands of innocent lives, loss of opportunities and a protracted civil-war. The junta is going out of its way to court the support of China, India and Russia for the 2010 election, a political ploy of the generals. .

The Burmese populace feel, it is time for the international community to raise this half-century-long political conflict in the next U.N. Security Council. They hope for a global arms embargo against Burma's military junta, and an investigation into the crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by the military regime. The people of Burma are hoping that the international community, especially the key players US, UN, EU and ASEAN may opt for political changes in their country.

At least, the key players ought to convince China and Russia to take an active role in promoting a political dialogue with the key stake-holders. If it failed, the 2010 elections in Burma might usher in a highly unstable political atmosphere, not in Burma alone but even in the region.

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Zin Linn was born on February 9, 1946 in a small town in Mandalay Division. He began writing poems in 1960 and received a B.A (Philosophy) in 1976. He became an activist in the High School Union after the students' massacre on 7th July 1962. (more...)

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