Sunday, 17 October 2010

Burma junta snubs UN chief's call for democracy

Ban met the Group of Friends on Myanmar (Burma) in late September. During the meeting, the members called for the release of political prisoners including detained opposition leader Suu Kyi.
After a closed-door meeting in New York, Ban said that the ministers expressed again and again the need for the election process "to be more inclusive, participatory and transparent". However, there was no representative from Burma at the assembly and no immediate response from the government.
The November elections will be part of the junta's protracted ‘seven-step road map’ to disciplined democracy, which critics scorn as a deception planned to strengthen military rule.

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