Reconciliation —'Don’t Let’s Lose Hope'
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Reconciliation —'Don’t Let’s Lose Hope'


By Tin Maung Than Wednesday, December 15, 2004


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Tin Maung ThanThe Irrawaddy spoke to Tin Maung Than on the possibilities for political change in Burma and the need for the opposition to make a realistic plan with the regime. Tin Maung Than is a researcher at the Burma Fund based in Washington DC. He was formerly editor of the banned Thintbawa (“Your Life”) magazine in Rangoon.

 

Question: Do you see any hope for change in Burma with the ouster of Gen Khin Nyunt?

 

Answer: I still have hope for change after dreadful decades of military dictatorship. But, sadly, I don’t see any sign of it. There are two different approaches and I do not hear anyone coming up with [any] creative idea[s] to bridge the gap between the parties.    

 

Q: How do you see the leadership change affecting the National Convention? Will it lead to democracy?

 

A: I think the wine bottle is the same whether Gen Khin Nyunt or Sr-Gen Than Shwe holds it. [The] international community expected that Gen Khin Nyunt would hold a dialogue with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi within the framework of [the] National Convention. He just gave a hint but did not come forward with any political proposals. The road map, which Asean [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] thought [of] as Prime Minister Khin Nyunt’s proposal, was in fact, not different from the old one in 1993 and the adopted chapters would not lead the country to democracy.



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