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September 27th, 2007 · No Comments
Philippine President Arroyo who is with other world leaders in New York attending the annual general assembly meeting has come out with what is one of the few statements by leaders in ASEAN versus the repression in Myanmar.
Most ASEAN leaders – like in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam are borderline countries on human rights issues. By and large while there are problems too here in the Philippines with active insurgencies and some cases of violations.
Most if not all cases that make it the courts do go through the legal process – and – widespread crackdowns like the current one in Rangoon are rare. However, Burma’s rulers often do as the rulers of any dictatorship do and do not pay heed to their own people let alone really listen intently to other leaders in the region.
Privately Philippine officials in Manila speaking on ‘Conditions of Anonymity’ say “China is the key here – and – China can stop the violence in Burma and should. So far its diplomats have been trying, one wonders how long Beijing will cover for the Yangoon Junta which of late has caused a lot of embarrassment and problems for the leaders Beijing.”
..Philippine President Arroyo: We call on Myanmar to act in its own best interests to avoid its further isolation and to redeem its democracy without any further delay. We have patiently but persistently advised Myanmar within ASEAN that it must make greater and faster progress toward that goal.
Recent events in Myanmar, therefore, are of concern to the Philippines and to the region as a whole. The Philippines asks the Government of Myanmar to act with the utmost restraint and to take immediate steps to preserve what advances have been made in its roadmap to democracy. Specifically, we ask the Government of Myanmar to now allow all interested parties to take full part in the effort to national reconciliation through peaceful and inclusive dialogue.
This means the release of all those who have been detained and who can contribute to the process of national renewal, including Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi. In addition, we ask that the Government of Myanmar invite the UN Special Envoy for Myanmar, Mr. Ibrahim Gambari, to visit the country as soon as possible. …
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Thursday (Sept. 27, New York time) urged the government of Myanmar to release pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and scores of Buddhist monks who have been rounded up for staging protests against the country’s military rulers.
In a statement that she distributed personally to members of the Philippine media at the Waldorf Astoria Towers where she is billeted during her three-day official trip here, the President said freeing Suu Kyi from years of house arrest serves Myanmar’s own best interests and avoid further isolation of the country from the rest of the world’s democracies.
Myanmar is a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) along with Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
“Recent events in Myanmar, therefore, are of concern to the Philippines and to the region as a whole,” the President said, and called on Yangon to act with “utmost restraint and to make immediate steps to preserve what advances have been made in its roadmap to democracy.”
She said it was important that all stakeholders engage in a common search for a peaceful resolution of the current unrest in the country and bring about national reconciliations..
“This means,” she added, the “release of all those who have been detained and who can contribute to the process of national renewal, including Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi.”
She also called on Rangoon’s military leaders to invite United Nations (UN) Special Envoy to Myanmar Ibrahim Gambari to visit that country as soon as possible to look into the situation there.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was democratically elected prime minister of Myanmar in 1990 but the military refused to hand over power to her winning National League for Democracy Party. Suu Kyi has been under house address since 1989.
The President will address the UN General Assembly before noon Friday (New York time) as she winds up her official visit to the Big Apple. She is scheduled to head back to Manila Friday afternoon, (New York time).-press release
Al jazeera TV english news channel did a feature on GUAM USA - – forgetting of course the full address of ‘USA’ in their very strong effort to hit with any chance they get to bash the world with their view of being anti- us military and mostly anti-american editorial policy.
Guam is where America’s Day begins – I spent a number of years growing up on guam- I still have many friends there and few agree with the report – They tell me they doubt there is more than perhaps a two percent figure of Guamanians who might chose any other path – of going its own way as independent country.
But if you watch the Al Jazeera report you get the feeling that Guam is occupied us territory – and there might even be a ‘interfada’ movement growing – it does mention almost in passing that All Guamanians are US citizens – but never calls ‘Guamanians’ Americans. Oh boy… expect a lot of emails in Doha!
the network has – had this tinge on its arab language service – whiz is understandable in the arab world- but- ironic considering most of its shareholders are US citizens and or dual nationals -
The Guam story does go into depth on issues ‘unpopular’ with Guam mainstream media – and does touch a sensitive local issue with Chamorro locals who might be described as a small faction of ‘ultra-Guamanians’ – who increasingly through both intermarriage and immigration are becoming a minority on the island.
But the Al Jeez reports pair of them paints as picture of a Guam that is not the majority view. I was amazed to see how accommodating the US-military was to Al Jeez – access granted at a level that amazed me. Really – Anderson Air Force base flight line video- interviews and coverage that was fair.
T he reporter claimed to have tried to interview Guam’s governor who refused -amazing! to be interviewed. I know few political figures on Guam who refuse a any Chance to be on international TV. Really… I guess they might have been put off by the story. The current US military expansion has been a lifesaver to Guam’s economy – 15 billion dollars – plus another 10 billion in civil works in the pipeline.
Hence I might understand them ‘ducking’ a story on land claims and other issues.
I do agree with two points that need to be raised to the US mainland after all these years as America’s only true outpost in Asia- Guam should of course – if possible should be given make some-more forms of representation to allow a for a full Guam Congressman who can vote and The long term disenfranchisement of American citizens who have no direct vote for President for Guamanians something long sought and fought for – If Guam is truly now to be America’s Gibraltar in the Asia-Pacific region perhaps some form of new legislation might be sought to allow this. A issue discussed also was the issue of long held local disdain about property taken at the end of World War two never properly compensated for – by the US military – an issue indeed that no one likes to discuss. But needs to be finally settled.
Perhaps someday… But also Al Jeez should be praised for even their half baked story did raise some points that need to be discussed. So kudos for trying – even if in the attempt the network worked hard to find any chord of anti-americanism in perhaps one of the most loyal communities to the flag and country that owes it so much for sacrifices few other American communities have made for so long.