We are against the holding of Balikatan exercises in Carmen and other conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.The Mindanao Peoples Caucus is concerned over reports that the RP-US Balikatan training exercises will be held in Carmen, Cotabato within the next few months. Our questions are: Why in Carmen? How will this affect the peace negotiation and ceasefire agreement with the MILF fighters?
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To make meaningful the celebration of the 59th birthday today (June 19) of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the Burmese major political party National League for Democracy (NLD), the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), a regional NGO based in the Philippines, has urged the Philippine government and the other ASEAN governments to denounce the military regime in Burma for the continued detention of Suu Kyi and thousands of other political detainees.
The Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), a Philippine-based NGO advocating genuine democracy and restoration of peace and justice in Burma today asked Ambassador Lauro L. Baja Jr., Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations, to include Burma in the council’s agenda for the month of June. IID Executive Director Augusto Miclat said, “The presidency of the most powerful organ of the UN is an influential position. This is the reason why Burma observers here in the Philippines are pressing Ambassador Baja and other Philippine officials to include Burma in its priority agenda.”
The Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), today challenged the Philippine government and ASEAN members to emulate Indonesia, which criticized Burma’s decision to begin its charter talks last week despite the absence of the major Burmese opposition party, the National League of Democracy (NLD). IID Executive Director Augusto Miclat said, “As a senior ASEAN member, the Philippine government must express its utmost concern over the undemocratic and unrepresentative national convention in Burma.”
Burma Government’s denial of NLD’s demands would make the Nat’l Convention undemocratic & incredible
The ongoing constitutional convention which started only last Monday (April 17, 2004) in Burma is not a roadmap to democracy but a “roadmap to another surefire disaster for the peoples of Burma.” There might be no other statements that could stand truer than this after the ruling State Peace and Development Council, the junta government of Burma, refused to grant the demands of the main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD) that include the immediate release of democracy icon and NLD general secretary Aung San Suu Kyi and party vice chairman Tin Oo and its failure to adopt significant reforms to the rules and procedures of convention.
The Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) is a Philippines-based advocacy institution promoting human security, democratization and people-to-people solidarity.
IID conducts policy advocacy and campaign programs on Burma, Mindanao, Southern Thailand, West Papua, and East Timor.