Asian Tribune: Date : 2004-02-10
The Shan Democratic Union welcomes The Words of Burmese FM U Win
"The Shan Democratic Union (SDU), like all the people of Burma,
holds that any peaceful and negotiated settlement of the country’s
decades old problems and decay must be inclusive, transparent, and
absent any form of coercion."
In a statement issued by, The Shan Democratic Union, it has emphasized
that any peaceful and negotiated settlement must be inclusive, transparent
and absence of any compulsion or force.
This was stated while welcoming the views expressed by the Burmese
foreign Minister U Win Aung who said at Phuket, Thailand, on the
other day that the military regime of Burma could no longer justify
its existence after four decades of power after entering the ceasefire
agreement with the main rebel group the Karen National Union.
Burmese Foreign Minister further said that, the present Burmese
regime could no longer justify its existence after four decades
in power, and that if all the problems are solved there is no need
for a military government. The full text of the statement released
by Shan Democratic Union is given below:
In a news item of the AFP on February 8, 2004, reported that the
Foreign Minister of Burma, U Win Aung, said that with a ceasefire
with the main rebel group, the Karen National Union, the regime
could no longer justify its existence after four decades in power,
and that if all the problems are solved there is no need for a military
government. He added that he and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi were born
in the same year and said, “that the future of our country
is waiting for us to set the course."
The SDU welcomes the reasonable and wise words of the Burmese Foreign
Minister. If the words truly reflect the policy of the Government
of Burma, the attempt by Prime Minister Khin Nyunt to resolve the
long-standing conflict in Burma peacefully, around the table, will
– if successful – be a great historical landmark.
The SDU, like all the people of Burma, holds that any peaceful
and negotiated settlement of the country’s decades old problems
and decay must be inclusive, transparent, and absent any form of
As well, the SDU holds that the position of the ethnic Nationalities
on the National Convention initiative is correct and stands by it.
While not rejecting the Roadmap out of hand, the statement of the
ethnic Nationalities stated that Prime Minister Khin Nyunt’s
Roadmap is not headed toward democratization but to the perpetuation
of military control and thereby the legitimization of military repression.
We hold Foreign Minister – and by extension, the Government
– to the noble and wise words spoken by U Win Aung.
We appeal to the governments of the world and the UN, and particular
the leaders of ASEAN, China, India, and Bangladesh, to keep the
praiseworthy pronouncement of the Burmese Foreign Minister on their
respective radar screen.
The SDU – like all peoples of the country – calls upon
the Burmese government to hold pre-National Conventions talks with
political leaders, political parties, and to participate with its
dialogue partners in wide and open consultation with the people,
according to the standard procedures as proposed by the ethnic Nationalities
leaders at the 3rd Ethnic Nationalities Seminar of January 2004.
- Asian Tribune -