Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Time for the Security Council to take action on Myanmar

ASEAN has failed in its diplomatic efforts to bring change and diplomacy to Myanmar (Burma). From Channel NewsAsia:
Southeast Asian lawmakers have called for Myanmar to be hauled in front of the UN Security Council, saying its neighbours were "lost" on how to deal with the country's military rulers.

In a sign of growing frustration across the region, the bloc's main committee on Myanmar said there had been no sign of change despite calls for democracy and the release of political prisoners like Aung San Suu Kyi.

"We urge the United Nations to take the issue to the Security Council," said the chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Inter-parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC), Malaysia's Zaid Ibrahim.

"There is no democratic progress in Myanmar and ASEAN is lost on what to do," he said Tuesday in a telephone interview from the Indonesian capital Jakarta where some 20 council members gathered to decide on future action plans.
Finally ASEAN realises that the only solution to the Myanmar problem is to get the United Nations Security Council to take action. They should have realised this sooner. In an earlier post, I wrote that it is time for the United Nations to act on Myanmar and stop its military rulers from terrorizing thousands of families living in the eastern part of the country with cruel and barbaric acts. I also said in a comment:
Ok so what are the actions the world can take? Let's start off with the UN condemning the actions of the Burmese military government. The US should take the lead in coming up with a resolution. The world needs to make their displeasure known to Burma and warn them of consequences. ASEAN member countries must also do their part. We can remove them (Burma) from ASEAN. This will put further pressure on them. Trade sanctions should then take place. Foreign investments in the country must stop. The world must also force the Burmese military government to bring democracy back in the country. The UN can also send a few inspectors and a small peacekeeping force to ensure that the Burmese are adhering to the international community. And the most important thing is to allow the NGOs and other aid organisations to provide help to the victims of the atrocities.


Anonymous said...

too bad burma isn't as resource rich as Iraq,,,,but it is big enough for Lao Lee to support the junta...

Anonymous said...

That's the problem with countries like Singapore, Malaysia. They have biz and investment ties with Myanmar.

Anonymous said...

Let's see what the UN will do.