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By The Irrawaddy Thursday, January 1, 1998

(Page 15 of 27)

They have also been accused of being conduits for foreign funds the government said were received by the NLD earlier in the year, officials said.

The US strongly condemned prison terms and rejected charges that they are involved in a terrorist plot to overthrow the junta.

Schools reopened

Burma reopened nearly 38,808 schools two months late, but nearly 30 universities and colleges suspected of being linked to student unrest remained closed.

The reopening involved more than seven million children whose schools had been closed since March and had been scheduled to reopen in June.

Japan urges more dialogue with NLD

Japan’s State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Masahiko Koumura, met top Burmese leaders and urged the government to continue talking with the NLD, a Japanese Embassy source said.

“Mr. Koumura expressed Japan’s appreciation of Secretary One’s [Khin Nyunt’s] meeting with NLD chairman U Aung Shwe in July and urged him to continue such meetings,” the source said adding that Koumura suggested the NLD should be included in the constitution drafting process.

Khin Nyunt offered no comment, but emphasised that drafting the country’s new constitution was a time-consuming process since the Slorc wants to ensure reconciliation with all of Burma’s ethnic minorities, Mr. Ihara explained.

Rangoon defends concept of ‘discipline democracy’

Burma defended its concept of “discipline democracy” and dismissed “concocted accusations” from abroad of human rights abuses.

“Myanmar [Burma] is building the system of discipline democracy which is considered the most appropriate for its situation and which will guarantee perpetuation of sovereignty and contribute to political, economic and social uplift,” an editorial in the state-run New Light of Myanmar daily said.

Summarizing Khin Nyunt’s remarks, the daily said: “While people are losing human rights in the so-called democratic countries, people in Myanmar are enjoying their rights fully, upholding their cultural norms and traditions which are in harmony with their religion.”

Report says junta forces Mon labour

The military is increasingly rounding up members of the Mon ethnic minority for forced labour since the Mons signed a ceasefire with Rangoon, said a report.

The ceasefire “has given a relatively easy chance for [the military] to increase its conscription of forced labour from Mon State,” said the report issued by the Mon Information Service, based in Bangkok.

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