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Mr Ban Ki-moon's speech must not end just in Rangoon

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People of Burma did not surprise when they were informed about the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's dissatisfied story during his July 3-4 Burma-trip. Anyway, it will be at lease a good lesson for the top diplomat that the military dictatorship in this country knows no international norms or diplomatic tradition at all.

The worst was that the junta treated the UNSG as their pawn. The junta supervised the agenda of the U.N. Secretary General, exploiting the occasion. Even representatives from seven pro-junta ceasefire groups, were not allowed to speak to Mr. Ban independently, but only could say what junta had told them to speak to him. The meeting was controlled by the regime's authorities, who scripted all questions put to the UN Secretary General.

According to the National League for Democracy (NLD), four central committee executives were firstly permitted to meet and talk with the UNSG for only two minutes. After the party leaders insisted on having more time, they were then given only ten minutes.

"We are not satisfied with time limitation. We sought after to discuss current events far more and offer our proposals, but we had no option," said Win Naing, a spokesperson for the NLD.

During the meeting with the UN Secretary General, the NLD's executive members talked about the release of political prisoners, calls for dialogue, finding a way out for the result of 1990 elections and a review of the current constitution, said the NLD sources in Rangoon.

The UN Secretary General said he was "deeply disappointed" as he left Burma following his July 3-4 two-day visit, during which Senior General Than Shwe snubbed him of attempting to visit the pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi. "I pressed as hard as I could," Ban told reporters. "I had hoped that he would agree to my request, but it is regrettable that he did not."

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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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