12 October, 2007

Myanmar Rejects UN Call for Negotiations

ဒီေန႔ညျမန္မာစစ္အစိုးရတီဗြီကေနေၾကျငာခ်က္ ၃/ ၂၀၀၇ ကိုထုတ္ျပန္လိုက္ပါတယ္။ မေန႔ကယူအန္ အက္စီေၾကျငာ ခ်က္ကိုျငင္းဆန္လိုက္ၿပီး၊ ၄င္းတို႔ရဲ႔ လမ္းျပ ေျမပုံအတိုင္း ဆက္သြားမယ္လို႔ ေျပာဆိုပါ တယ္။ အဲဒါဟာ ျပည္သူေတြရဲ႔ လိုလားခ်က္ ျဖစ္တယ္ လို႔လည္းဆိုပါတယ္။ ေအာက္မွာ ေအပီသတင္းကေနၿပီး ျပန္လည္ေကာက္ႏူတ္တင္ျပလိုက္ ပါတယ္။

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's military junta rejected a U.N. statement calling for negotiations with the opposition, insisting Friday that it would follow its own plan to bring democracy to the country.

State-run TV and radio issued a statement Friday arguing that conditions inside Myanmar — a reference to the anti-government protests that were violently suppressed by troops on Sept. 26 and 27 — were not the concern of the outside world.

"Myanmar's current situation does not affect regional and international stability," said the statement, attributed to Col. Thant Shin. "However, we deeply regret that the U.N. Security Council has issued a statement contrary to the people's desires."

"The government of Myanmar will continue to implement the seven-step roadmap together with the people," the statement said, referring to the junta's plan that promises a new constitution and an eventual transition to democratic rule.

The process is supposed to culminate in a general election at an unspecified date in the future. But so far only the first stage — drawing up guidelines for a new constitution — has been completed, and critics say the convention that drafted them was stage-managed by the military.

Top opposition party the National League for Democracy — led by the detained activist Aung San Suu Kyi — endorsed the Security Council statement.

"Since Myanmar is a member country of the United Nations and as the government has declared it would work with the U.N., we earnestly underscore the need to urgently implement the demands made by the Security Council," the NLD said.

The 15-member Security Council issued its first statement on Myanmar on Thursday in an attempt to pressure the military rulers — in charge of the isolated country since 1988 — to negotiate with the opposition and move toward democracy.

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