"Every Karen must be involved in political destiny"
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"Every Karen must be involved in political destiny"

By Saw Ba Thin Sein Thursday, June 1, 2000

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A: This is the speculation, but actually no Thai officials have pressured us as they understand the situation very well.

Q: What about the flexible engagement policy initiated by Thailand? Is it good or bad?

A: I think it is favorable compared with constructive engagement.

Q: What do you think of Asean’s policy towards Burma?

A: I quite appreciate the efforts of the leaders of Asean. I think politically they try to change the situation as much as they can but I think there is no progress at all. Some Asean countries are disappointed and discouraged. I’d urge the Asean leaders to push on and try to give as much pressure as they can to force the Burmese leaders to come to the negotiating table for reconciliation and political settlement with ethnic groups as well as democratic forces.

Q: What do you think of rumors that Sr Gen Than Shwe may resign and Maung Aye may become head of SPDC?

A: I don’t know. They are the military dictators. They are in the same boat.

Q: Who do you think would be easier for ethnic leaders to deal with, Gen Maung Aye or Lt Gen Khin Nyunt?

A: Politically I think they are the same. You can’t judge them by their activities or their speeches.

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