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AKBAYAN solon calls on ASEAN to suspend Burma in absence of reforms; supports unconditional release of Suu Kyi December 7, 2004

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AKBAYAN Party-List Representative Loretta Ann P. Rosales today echoed calls for democratic reforms in Burma after the announcement that freedom fighter Aung San Suu Kyi would continue to be detained for one more year.

Rosales, who attended an ASEAN-level workshop on Burma among members of parliaments from across the region said “If the military junta ruling Burma is serious in paving a roadmap for eventual democracy in the country then it should start with the unequivocal and unconditional release of Suu Kyi.” According to Rosales, this is the only means by which the junta can show it is sincere in its declarations that it was willing to introduce reforms in Burma.

The lady solon said that the proposed National Convention scheduled for next year, at around the same time that Burma is set to assume Chairmanship of the ASEAN, “will only be meaningful and relevant if the National League for Democracy and Suu Kyi are in that process, and if the international community is convinced that the process is not a farce.”

Rosales also added, “should Burma fail to show proof that it is serious in instituting reforms then its membership in ASEAN should be reviewed and be suspended.”

The lady solon said that such proof would include the drafting of a new Constitution and the conduct of free and fair elections by middle of next year. Otherwise, Rosales added, “ASEAN has no business relinquishing leadership to Burma.”

During the ASEAN-level workshop on Burma, which was attended by parliamentarians from Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines and Singapore, Rosales joined Senator Aquilino Pimentel in also calling on the United Nations Security Council to convene a Special General Assembly to immediately deliberate on the Burma situation. (30)