Manmohan to visit Myanmar next month

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  1. Yusuf

    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

    Mar 24, 2009
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    NEW DELHI: Amid Myanmar's strides towards full democracy, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to undertake a visit to that country next month that is aimed at bolstering the bilateral ties. Singh is expected to go on a two-day visit dates for which are being finalised through diplomatic channels, sources said here on Monday.

    The visit will take place at a time when Myanmar is moving towards democracy, with pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi winning byelections yesterday and set to enter Parliament.

    Over the last few years, India has been developing its relations with Myanmar with which it shares a long border.

    India strongly resisted the US and Western countries which were pushing it to implement the sanctions and speak up on human rights violations in Myanmar two years back.

    New Delhi always maintained that Myanmar's military rulers should be persuaded to move towards democracy through dialogue rather than coercion which prove counterproductive.

    India is actively involved in over a dozen projects in Myanmar, both in infrastructural and non-infrastructural areas.

    These include upgradation and resurfacing of the 160km long Tamu-Kalewa-Kalemyo road, construction and upgradation of the Rhi-Tiddim Road in Myanmar and the Kaladan Multimodal Transport Project.

    Aung San Suu Kyi hopes victory is dawn of new era

    Myanmar election officials confirmed today that Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party had won a landslide victory in historic by-elections, with the democracy icon saying she hopes the vote marks the beginning of a new era for the long-repressed country.

    Before the official announcement, Suu Kyi spoke to thousands of cheering supporters who gathered outside her party's headquarters a day after the party declared she had won a parliamentary seat in yesterday's closely watched vote.

    "The success we are having is the success of the people," Suu Kyi said, as a sea of supporters chanted her name and thrust their hands into the air to flash "V'' for victory signs.

    Later, the state election commission confirmed that her National League for Democracy party had swept to a victory that will put it at the head of a small opposition bloc in the military-dominated parliament.

    State radio and television reported the commission's announcement that the NLD had won 40 of the 45 seats at stake.

    Results from five constituencies in remote areas were not yet reported.

    The NLD's own count gave it 43 seats, while it awaited results from one constituency in distant Shan State.

    It failed to contest one constituency after its candidate was disqualified.

    "It is not so much our triumph as a triumph of the people who have decided that they have to be involved in the political process in this country," Suu Kyi said. "We hope this will be the beginning of a new era."

    The Nobel Peace laureate will take public office for the first time and lead the small bloc of lawmakers from the NLD in parliament, where it will hold just about 6 percent of the seats.
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  3. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Apr 17, 2009
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    He can visit the Moon for all one cares.

    Unless he is more focussed and less wimpish, it will be a jaunt as our President does and nothing more!

    Aung San Suu Kyi's election does not change anything. The military backed political party still is in the majority and calls the shot!
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  4. Tshering22

    Tshering22 Sikkimese Saber Senior Member

    Aug 20, 2010
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    Gangtok, Sikkim, India
    If he has ever, ever harbored a good wish for his country, he should take it up like a man and engage in strong and practical relationship with Myanmar. Whether that western stooge Suu Kyi is there or not, it doesn't matter. We badly need gas pipelines from Burma into Northeast as people here got the idea of what happens when there's a "bandh".. with cooking gas touching Rs. 1,000! Never again should be the policy.

    If we can get pipelines directly from Burma into NE, we people won't even need to rely on the "chicken's neck" (we Sikkimese will still have to, but other NE can be relieved). This would free up a lot of transportation headache.

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