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    Bush, Thai PM express concern over trends in Myanmar
    20th September 2005

    WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President George W. Bush and Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra jointly expressed concern over military-ruled Myanmar's refusal to restore democracy and promote national reconciliation in the Southeast Asian state.

    "Both leaders expressed concern over current trends in Burma," a joint statement said after their talks at the White House. Burma is Myanmar's previous name.

    "Stressing their shared objectives of promoting democracy and national reconciliation in Burma, both sides agreed to have closer consultations on this matter," the statement said.

    Ahead of the meeting between the two leaders, a group of US lawmakers had written to Bush to take Thaksin to task publicly for his "cozy relationship" with the military dictatorship in neighboring Myanmar and for "pummeling the freedoms of Thai citizens."

    "We want to see Thailand emerge as a bastion of freedom and democracy, not as a ... partner with the Burmese dictatorship," said Chris Smith, Representative from New Jersey and chairman of a human rights panel in the House of Representatives.

    In their joint statement, Bush and Thaksin noted that they had called for the immediate release of Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and other jailed political activists, during their talks in 2003.

    That step, they said, was necessary for "a credible process of political dialogue for all parties."

    Aung San Suu Kyi is under house arrest, the world's only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

    Her party won 1990 elections but was never allowed to govern. Its offices have been shut down by the military junta.

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    Ha!!! So Thailand had "Taksin the Great" before the current Chakri dynasy, but this PM will go down in history as "Thaksin the Hypocrite". The media was filled with his relentless complaints about how the UN and the US dare to criticize his way of doing things in Thailand.

    So now, the Burmese junta could issue a statement, saying something like "Thailand is not my father", mocking Thaksin's phrase. Or perhaps an eye-for-eye accusation of Thailand, the way the PM dealt with the recent UN-critique. There are plenty of internal Thai problems for Burma to pick on, too.

    One can only guess how much the US pressured the PM to eat his own words. Maybe it was all just the matter of even more lucrative contracts, like the ones in the airport baggage screening fiasko.

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    Is that really how you spell fiasko? I am now educated
    Since light travels faster than sound, people appear bright until you hear them speak....and in every forum you will find at least one.

    When you critisize someone, walk a mile in his shoes first; then, if he gets mad, he'll be a mile away and barefoot.

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