Myanmar’s military government has rejected a UN plan for three-way talks involving Aung San Suu Kyi, the detained opposition leader, state media reports. Brigadier-General Kyaw Hsan, information minister, told Ibrahim Gambari, the UN’s visiting envoy, that Myanmar’s generals would not support outside “interference”.
Gambari had earlier proposed a meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi and Aung Kyi, Myanmar’s labour minister, who was appointed by the government last month to liaise with her. Kyaw Hsan said “currently the tripartite meeting will not be possible”, the New Light of Myanmar daily reported on Wednesday.
They have guns, they have warplanes, they have millions hidden in banks, they have torture chambers but they are scared of sitting across a table with her. Gambari will meet with her on Thursday at the end of his visit (he should also meet and 3 NLD officers) that even UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his disappointment at for lack of progress. Meanwhile in Britain-
A Foreign Office minister is encouraging people to support peaceful demonstrations in Britain against the violent suppression of monks in Burma.It is highly unusual for a government minister to call for protests, but Meg Munn, Foreign Office minister with responsibility for the region, said it was important to keep the plight of the Burmese high on the agenda. “We want to make sure this doesn’t fall out of the news and people’s consciousness,” said Ms Munn. “Having got to this stage, we don’t want to let this go away.”
Would she approve a vigil within 1Km of parliament or would her party’s SOCPA laws crush such peaceful demonstrations, hmmmm? Ko Htike has pictures of current graffiti protesting the junta and Jotman hears some talk that a hotel hit by a bomb was not in fact a hotel but the regional military HQ. Muslims are detained for giving water to protesting monks, elsewhere a police officer wants out after he was ordered to shoot on monks-
A Second Lieutenant in the police force, he was ordered to shoot at monks by Burma Army troops from the Military Southeast Regional Command, who were dressed in police uniforms in September. According to a friend of his, he is going to retire and is bribing his superiors to clear his retirement on grounds of failing heath.
And sporadic multiple acts of dissent continue across the country.