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"The Burmese generals are really doing everything they can to remain in power. Opponents are being silenced. The opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has spent half of the past 14 years under house arrest. She has now been arrested again, allegedly for her own safety. The junta is completely paranoid and controls the administration, justice, the economy and the private lives of the Burmese people. There is absolutely no democracy whatsoever, and the people are being kept ignorant. Anyone who has had an education is distrusted. Every time there is a student demonstration the government closes the university. The country has been in crisis for the past 14 years, and there is a shortage of everything except corruption, which is flourishing. The regime practices systematic discrimination against the Rohingya people. There is absolutely no sign of any rapprochement between the government and the opposition. In order to pull the wool over the eyes of the West, cosmetic steps are taken every now and again, such as the visit of the UN envoy Razali. Burma has one of the most corrupt regimes in the world. The international community has tolerated this for much too long. The more than 1 000 political prisoners must be released immediately, and all repressive measures must be rescinded. The European Union must make Burma an important point on the agenda of the ASEAN conference in Bali. As long as pressure from neighbouring countries remains minimal, the generals will be in no hurry to pack their bags. The European Union must also further intensify its sanctions policy. We must put a complete stop to business contact, which also means no investment. There is a risk that the resoluteness of the generals will result in a feeling that there is actually nothing we can do, but we owe it to the patient and extremely tenacious Aung San Suu Kyi and the poor population of Burma to do everything we can to drive the generals from power."@en1

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