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Kalam visit sending wrong message: Exiled leader

Tint Swe said that the Indian President's visit to Myanmar has sent a wrong message to its military

india Updated: Mar 09, 2006 15:08 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam's visit to Myanmar has sent a wrong message to its military, an exiled leader has said.

"Visiting Myanmar while there is continuous human rights violation and political repression under the military regime will send the wrong message," said Tint Swe, exiled minister of the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB).

While Swe agreed the visit would have some effect on Myanmar's economy, he said it would not have a positive impact on the political situation in the country.

"I don't see Kalam's visit will bring anything good for Myanmarese politics," Swe was quoted as saying by Mizzima News.

Kalam is on a six-day trip to Myanmar and Mauritius.

Last week Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh discussed the issues of lack of democracy and human rights violation with US President George W Bush during the latter's visit to India.

Meanwhile, Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy reacted cautiously to the Kalam visit.

"It is too early to speculate or comment on the visit," NLD spokesman Nyan Win said. "We will have to wait and see whether he (Kalam) will discuss anything regarding reformation to democracy," Win said.

First Published: Mar 09, 2006 15:08 IST