Myanmar rejects Western meddling

Myanmar has accused Western nations and their diplomats in Yangon of colluding with Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy opposition to foment unrest around the country.

    Pro-western supporters protest

    The daily, New Light of Myanmar which carries the views of the government said some of the resident ambassadors had violated international conventions by blatantly interfering in Myanmar's internal affairs and taking up the cause of the National League for Democracy (NLD) as their own cause.

      

    "They do not differentiate between internal affairs and international affairs and have taken up the NLD's politics as if it were their own by  interfering and making trouble," the newspaper said in a weekend commentary.

     

    The official commentary complained that the "handful" of offending diplomats had repeatedly tried to "force" their way into the residences of NLD leaders, despite requests from authorities to desist.

      

    It also accused them of roughing up security personnel at the residences in their attempts to gain access.

     

    Sovereign nation

      

    The matter of the NLD and its chief Daw Aung San Suu Kyi were all internal problems. Myanmar as a sovereign nation had used its prerogative to maintain peace and stability, the paper added.

     

    Western governments have made outspoken calls for the military government to release Aung San Suu Kyi who was taken into custody after a bout of political violence, while the NLD leadership was put under house arrest.

     

    Aung San Suu Kyi was taken into “protective custody”  on 30 May when supporters of the government and members of the NLD clashed in northern Myanmar.

     

    Last week European Union diplomats in Yangon also boycotted an annual drug-burning ceremony in Yangon, in a snub that greatly irritated the government.


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