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Myanmar criticises US demand on UNSC discussion

india Updated: Sep 09, 2006 14:21 IST
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Myanmar's official newspaper The New Light of Myanmar on Saturday carried an article criticising the latest US demand for formal discussion on the Myanmar issue at the UN Security Council (UNSC).

US Ambassador to UN John Bolton submitted a letter to the UNSC on September 1, 2006, saying that Myanmar's situation reached the level of posing a threat to international peace and security and that a senior official of UN Secretariat should explain Myanmar's conditions for the matter to be discussed formally at the UNSC, the paper said.

The paper stated: "The obvious thing is the demand of the US ambassador is nothing more than a repeated political ploy to apply pressure on Myanmar while ignoring all the objective developments and changes taking place in the country".

"For more than a decade the successive US administrations have been trying to dominate Myanmar politically, economically and socially," it said.

"Beginning late September 1988, the US government has downgraded the country's political, economic and social relations with Myanmar with the intention of "Americanising" her and installing a puppet government, with democracy and human rights as fine excuses," the paper added.

The paper cited the government's achievements in the fields of national reconciliation with national race armed groups, narcotic drugs control and combating HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Myanmar's neighbouring countries as well as the countries of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) welcomed the success of UN Under-Secretary-General Gambari's visit to Myanmar in May this year, it said.

The 116-member NAM sent letters to all UNSC member nations stating Myanmar was not a threat at all to international peace and security, the paper mentioned.

The US accusations are not based on facts but on false data, which were sent by outlawed anti-government organisations abroad, self-seekers under the name of refugees and underground elements inside the nation, it said.

Some political parties inside the nation including the National League for Democracy and certain ex-students instead of lending a constructive hand to the government in building a peaceful, modern and developed discipline-flourishing democratic state, are trying to grab power through short cut, it criticised.

"Myanmar's internal affairs do not call for the intervention of the UNSC, and such unnecessary attempts are the very threats to already-gained peace, stability, prevalence of law and order, national solidarity, all round development and democratic transition of Myanmar as well as to regional and international peace and security," it stressed.

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