July 16, 2003
NCGUB Welcomes Passage of
‘Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act’
The National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma warmly
welcomes the passage of the "Burmese Freedom and Democracy
Act of 2003" (H.R. 2330) by the U.S. House of Representatives
with an overwhelming majority vote of 418-2 on 15 July 2003. A similar
bill was passed by the U.S. Senate with 97-1 vote on 11 June 2003.
The NCGUB is deeply grateful to Representatives Tom Lantos and
Peter King, all co-sponsors, and other members of the House of Representatives
who voted for the Bill. We are also appreciative to all staffers
and individuals who made the passage of this important bill possible.
The Act serves as a clear and strong response from the United States
to the Burmese generals who had imprudently and recklessly carried
out a murderous attack on leaders and members of the National League
for Democracy near Tabayin on 30 May.
The Act, together with widespread international condemnation and
action by governments, sends a strong message to these generals
that their days of ruthless oppression with impunity are over and
that the only option left open for their survival is to stop being
the impediment to the now defunct national reconciliation and democratization
process in Burma.
There has never been a greater need for friends at this juncture
for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the NLD, and the people of Burma who had
voted for the NLD, and the "Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act"
fulfilled that need by extending an official recognition to the
NLD as the "legitimate representative of the Burmese people
as determined by the 1990 election”.
Prime Minister Dr Sein Win said, "By passing this act the
US will certainly boost the moral of the NLD and the Burmese people
struggling for democracy and hit the generals where it hurts most--their
pockets. We are confident that as clearly defined in the Act, the
United States will empower the Burmese democracy movement and continue
to closely monitor developments to ensure democratization is taking
place in Burma.”
The National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma also fully
supports calls by U.S. congressional leaders, the European Union,
and other democratic countries to bring the case of Burma before
the United Nations Security Council and help bring about democratic
changes in the country. It also urges Burma's neighbors to think
about the relations with a democratic Burma of the future and to
pressure the generals into doing the correct thing now.
The NCGUB will continue its efforts to bring about stronger unilateral
as well as multilateral action against the Burmese generals until
democracy is restored in the country.
National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma
1319 F Street, N.W., Suite 303, Washington, D.C. 20004
Tel: 202-639-0639 Fax: 202-639-0638
Burma UN Service Office
777 UN Plaza, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10017
Tel: 212-338-0048 Fax: 212-338-0049