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Detained opposition leader and NLD General Secretary Daw Aung San Su Kyi held one and a
half hour long talks with the visiting US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell
at the State Guest House beside the Inya Lake in Yangon from 2 pm to 3:30 pm this
Though the US embassy has invited still and video cameras to come and take photos of Kurt Campbell and Aung San Suu Kyi just before their talks began, they all are turned away by the ruling military junta\u2019s security guard on duty at the State Guest House.
This is Kurt Campbell\u2019s second meeting with the democracy icon in six months period. The
first time was on November 4 last year\u2013 the second day of Kurt Campbell\u2019s two\u2010day visit to
Burma. At that time the American Assistant Secretary of State and Aung San Suu Kyi held
two\u2010hour long talks at Dusit Inya Lake hotel in Yangon.
It appears that Kurt Campbell, who is visiting Burma in line with the policy of Obama\u2019s
administration to engage Burma military junta, seems to be trying hard to promote better
relations between Burma and US with the hope to persuade the ruling junta\u2019s generals to be
more lenient towards those holding differing political views.
take tougher actions against Burma\u2019s military junta and also urged the American
government not to endorse the results of the 2010 elections on the grounds that the said
elections would be held in accordance with the suppressive and unjust electoral laws.
While revealing the contents of their talks with Kurt Campbell, which took place at the
residence of US Charge d` Affaires in Rangoon, NLD CEC member U Win Tin, who was one of
the 10 NLD CEC members, who took part in the talks with US Assistant Secretary of State
said: \u201cWe made these calls on the US government after briefing Kurt Campbell details of the
unjust and unfair elections laws, which made our party to refrain from contesting in the
\u201cIn explaining details of the unjust and unfair elections laws to Kurt Campbell, we made it
clear that these laws were aimed at crushing the National League for Democracy ( NLD ),\u201d U
Win Tin further explained at NLD HQ office to newsmen on the contents of their talks with
U Win Tin also mentioned that in their talks with US Assistant Secretary of State, the 10 CEC
members of the NLD drew the attention of Kurt Campbell to the point that the forthcoming
2010 elections would not be in accordance with the demands of international community as
this elections would not be credible and all inclusive as it would not allow such figures as
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and U Khun Tun Oo to contest in the elections.
In his statement read out to the press at the end of his two\u2010day visit to Burma this evening, US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell harshly blamed Burma\u2019s military regime for having chosen to move ahead unilaterally\u2013without consultation from key stakeholders \u2013 towards elections for this year.
\u201cAs a direct result, what we have seen to date leads us to believe that these elections will
lack international legitimacy. We urge the regime to take immediate step to open the
process in the time remaining before the elections,\u201d Kurt Campbell said in hisstatement.
Explaining that during his two\u2010day visit, he had met a number of the junta\u2019s ministers
including Foreign Minister and Minister for Information, Kurt Campbell in his statement said:
\u201cWe have also asked Burmese government leaders for greater respect for human rights and
the release of political prisoners. The regime has detained many of Burma\u2019s brightest and
most patriotic citizens, that could contribute greatly to ensuring a more prosperous future
for their country.\u201d
\u201cInstead the military regime has silenced them, dispersing them to remote locations
throughout the country where the generals hope they will be forgotten. They are not,\u201d
Kurt Campbell said.
Touching on his meeting with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Kurt Campbell in his statement said: \u201cI was again moved by the perseverance and the commitment Aung San Suu Kyi has shown to the cause of a more just and benevolent Burma and to the Burmese people themselves. She has demonstrated compassion and tolerance for her captors. It is simply tragic that Burma\u2019s generals have rebuffed her countless appeals to work together to find a peaceable solution for a more prosperous future.\u201d
Turning his attention on the problem of ethnic minorities, Kurt Campbell in his statement
said: \u201cWe have raised our persistent concerns about the increasing tensions between
Burma\u2019s ethnic minorities and central government that have resulted in violence along the
\u201cThe military regime has ratcheted the pressure on Burma\u2019s ethnic groups in preparation
for this year\u2019s elections, forcing countless innocent civilians to flee. Burma cannot move
forward while the government itself persists in launching attacks against its own people to
force compliance with a proposal its ethnic groups cannot accept,\u201d Kurt Campbell said
In his statement Kurt Campbell also praised the National League for Democracy ( NLD ) as
a political party that has struggle for more than two decades to improve the lives of the
Burmese people. \u201cThe United States will continue to stand behind all those working to
support Burma\u2019s people including the National League for Democracy, however it may
constitute itself in the future.
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