Saturday, April 4, 2009

Suu Kyi's US backers plead to keep sanctions

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Senator Webb
အေမရိကန္ ဥပေဒအရ ဒဏ္ခတ္အေရးယူထားမႈ ႐ုပ္သိမ္းဖုိ႔ဆုိရင္ ျမန္မာစစ္အစုိးရဘက္က လုိက္နာမႈေတြ ရွိဖုိ႔ လုိအပ္ တယ္၊ အဲဒီထဲမွာ ျမန္မာျပည္က ႏုိင္ငံေရးအက်ဥ္းသားအားလုံး၊ ေနအိမ္အက်ယ္ခ်ဳပ္ က်ခံေနရတဲ့ ဒီမုိကေရစီေခါင္းေဆာင္ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ အပါအ၀င္ လႊတ္ေပးရမယ္၊ အရပ္သားမ်ားအေပၚ တုိက္ခုိက္မႈေတြ ရပ္ရမယ္၊ အတုိက္အခံ အင္အားစုမ်ား၊ တုိင္းရင္းသား အဖြဲ႕အစည္းမ်ားနဲ႔ စကားဆုိပြဲ လုပ္ရမယ္
AFP - Saturday, April 4WASHINGTON (AFP) - -
US Congress supporters of Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi pleaded to keep sanctions on the military regime as a key senator said efforts to isolate the junta had failed.
President Barack Obama's administration is reviewing strategy on Myanmar, also known as Burma, whose ruling junta has crushed dissent and kept Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for 19 years.
In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 17 members of Congress said they were "greatly concerned" by indications that the United States was considering lifting sanctions on Myanmar.
The lawmakers, led by longtime Aung San Suu Kyi champion Joseph Crowley, said that Myanmar's leader Than Shwe had shown no desire to engage with the world's only detained Nobel laureate.
"Than Shwe's regime continues to perpetuate crimes against humanity and war crimes so severe that Burma has been called 'Southeast Asia's Darfur,'" they wrote.
They noted that Congress approved a law last year subjecting the Myanmar junta to sanctions until it releases all political prisoners and starts dialogue on bringing in democracy.
"We urge you to join us in standing firmly alongside Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma's democracy movement," they said.
But Jim Webb, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Asia, said the United States needed a more "constructive" policy on Myanmar.
"Certainly the way that we approach it now I don't believe has had the results that people want it to have," Webb, a member of Obama's Democratic Party, told a luncheon at the Council on Foreign Relations.
"What I think we should be doing in Burma is trying to open up diplomatic avenues where you can have confidence builders... and through that process work toward some way where you can remove sanctions," he said.
State Department official Stephen Blake last week paid the first visit by a senior US envoy to Myanmar in more than seven years, quietly holding talks both with the junta and the opposition.
The State Department played down the significance of the meeting, stressing that the Obama team was still reviewing policy on Myanmar.
Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg said Wednesday the United States was seeking a common approach with Asia on Myanmar and said the six-nation talks on North Korea's nuclear program could serve as a model.
Nearly all Asian nations maintain full relations and trade with Myanmar, distancing themselves from the sanctions policy of the United States and the European Union.
China is the key commercial and military partner of the junta, which crushed 2007 protests led by Buddhist monks.
The previous US administration of George W. Bush strengthened decade-old sanctions against Myanmar -- imposed under his predecessor Bill Clinton -- while his wife Laura was an outspoken critic of the military regime.
Senator Webb -- a Vietnam veteran who has also been a journalist -- said the United States should take a lesson from how it opened relations with China and Vietnam despite human rights and other concerns in the two communist states.
Webb said that when he returned to Vietnam in 1991 -- four years before Washington and Hanoi established relations -- the situation was worse than when he visited Myanmar in 2001.


ျမန္မာကို ဆက္ပိတ္ဆို႔ေရး အေမရိကန္အမတ္မ်ား တိုက္တြန္း

VOA
04 April 2009

ျမန္မာစစ္အစိုးရအေပၚ ၀ါဒသေဘာထား ျပန္လည္သုံးသပ္တဲ့ေနရာမွာ ရွိရင္းစြဲ ဒဏ္ခတ္အေရးယူထားမႈကို ထည့္သြင္း စဥ္းစားပါလုိ႔ အေမရိကန္ ကြန္ဂရက္စ္အမတ္ ၁၇ ေယာက္က ႏုိင္ငံျခားေရး၀န္ႀကီး ဟီလာရီ ကလင္တန္ (Hillary Clinton) ထံ စာေရး တုိက္တြန္းလုိက္ပါတယ္။

ျမန္မာစစ္အစိုးရအေပၚ အေမရိကန္က ခ်မွတ္ထားတဲ့ စီးပြားေရးအရ ဒဏ္ခတ္အေရးယူမႈ ႐ုပ္သိမ္းဖုိ႔ စဥ္းစားေနတယ္ဆုိတဲ့

သတင္းမ်ား ထြက္ေပၚေနတဲ့အတြက္ စုိးရိမ္ပူပန္ေၾကာင္း အေမရိကန္ ေအာက္လႊတ္ေတာ္အမတ္ ၁၇ ေယာက္ရဲ႕ စာထဲမွာ ေဖာ္ျပထားပါတယ္။

အေမရိကန္ ဥပေဒအရ ဒဏ္ခတ္အေရးယူထားမႈ ႐ုပ္သိမ္းဖုိ႔ဆုိရင္ ျမန္မာစစ္အစုိးရဘက္က လုိက္နာမႈေတြ ရွိဖုိ႔ လုိအပ္ တယ္၊ အဲဒီထဲမွာ ျမန္မာျပည္က ႏုိင္ငံေရးအက်ဥ္းသားအားလုံး၊ ေနအိမ္အက်ယ္ခ်ဳပ္ က်ခံေနရတဲ့ ဒီမုိကေရစီေခါင္းေဆာင္ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ အပါအ၀င္ လႊတ္ေပးရမယ္၊ အရပ္သားမ်ားအေပၚ တုိက္ခုိက္မႈေတြ ရပ္ရမယ္၊ အတုိက္အခံ အင္အားစုမ်ား၊ တုိင္းရင္းသား အဖြဲ႕အစည္းမ်ားနဲ႔ စကားဆုိပြဲ လုပ္ရမယ္လုိ႔ မစၥကလင္တန္ထံေပးတဲ့ စာထဲမွာ သတိေပး ေထာက္ျပထားပါတယ္။

ဒဏ္ခတ္အေရးယူမႈဟာ စစ္အစိုးရအေပၚ သက္ေရာက္မႈ မရွိသလို စစ္ေခါင္းေဆာင္ေတြကုိလည္း ၾသဇာသက္ေရာက္မႈ မရွိလုိ႔ ၀ါဒျပဳျပင္ရမယ္ဆုိၿပီး ႏုိင္ငံျခားေရး၀န္ႀကီး ဟီလာရီ ကလင္တန္က ျပန္လည္ သုံးသပ္ခုိင္းထားတာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

ျမန္မာျပည္သူမ်ားအတြက္ အေထာက္အကူျပဳေရး စစ္အစုိးရအေပၚ ၾသဇာရွိေရးအတြက္ ရည္စူး နည္းလမ္းရွာကာ အေရွ႕ေတာင္အာရွေရးရာ ၫႊန္ၾကားေရးမႉး စတီဖင္ ဘလိတ္ခ္ (Stephen Blake) အား ျမန္မာျပည္ကုိ ေစလႊတ္ကာ စစ္အစုိးရ ႏုိင္ငံျခားေရး၀န္ႀကီး ဦးဉာဏ္၀င္းနဲ႔ ေတြ႕ဆုံေစခဲ့ပါတယ္။

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