Myanmar 1989Burma 1989
MEYANMAR: Results of the parliamentary elections in Pyithu Hluttaw, 1990.
While the Bush administration's attitude to Burma (Myanmar) has generally been favorable, the US diplomatic mission in Thailand has been sluggish in responding to inquiries from Myanmar refugees from the repressive regime. Burma's defencelessness deteriorated throughout 1989 after the bloodbath of pro-democracy rallies in Burma in September 1988, when at least 3,000 student and other largely vulnerable civilian populations were slaughtered on the roads of the country's capitol and other citys.
Reagan quickly suspended its small scale defence and commercial assistance programme, and the Bush government remained opposed to Burma's trespass. A Rangoon official said to the Washington Post in March: "With no US base and very little political interest, Burma is a place where the United States has the luxuries to live up to its own set of values.
" The ruling State Council for Law and Order in Burma, in a frantic movement in early 1989 to re-establish the impression of legality and thus external assistance, pledged multiparty ballots, which are now set for May 27, 1990. Whilst the US welcomed the promise to conduct an election with caution, it accordingly criticised other measures of governance that subverted that promise.
David Lambertson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said in September: "We directly agreed with the Saw Maung regime and proposed to help in next year's elections without a substantial Burmese response. "In November, two month later, the Bush Administration held a news conference condemning the continued home arrests of Burma's leading Burmese opponents, Aung San Suu Kyi and U Tin Oo, and the imprisonment of several thousand members of the oppo nts.
Demanding the liberation of all detainees and their full turnout in the polls, the regime has declared that "elections that rule out the turnout of those who advocate Burma's efforts for democracy change