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UNOA Burma chief participates in USIP report on Myanmar
VOA's Than Lwin Htun and other well-known Burmese professionals were present for the publication of a U.S. Institute of Peace article on the evolving Burmese press world. Lwin, VOA's Burmese Service Director, was a member of the evaluation group for the Myanmar mission, which involved interviewing grassroots reporters, press professionals and other people.
It is a story entitled Medien und Konflikt in Myanmar: opportunitées for medias to advanced peace, was published at a podium debate at USIP headquarter in Washington on January 23. Lwin and other Asia Society, USAID and USIP specialists made up the group. "By trying to comprehend different opinions on the present Burmese press conditions, we can help identify what can be done by the press to alleviate tension across the country," Lwin said.
In the 40-page document, Lwin and other members of the volunteer group made several suggestions, among them the creation of a participative talkshow platform in which members of the fellowship could express their views and reservations on important topics. "I am very glad to have been part of this important document at a moment when the countrys transition from one of the most oppressive mass communication environment in the word to a regime that increasingly accepts the free press," Lwin said.
Lwin, who has been reporting on Burma as a reporter for more than 30 years, escaped from the Burma after the prodemocracy demonstrators' suppression at the end of the 80s.
Myanmar's opposition continues to press for amendment of constitution, says Aung San Suu Kyi
Burma's leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she and her followers will keep pressing for a constitution that will prevent her from standing for presidential office next year. Speaking exclusively to Burma's VOA Sunday service, the Nobel Peace Prize winner said it was important that she and her followers continued to advocate changes.
Aung San Suu Kyi, a pro-democracy symbol, said: "We need the guts and the capacity to make changes for the good of the state. It also said that its National League for Democracy (NLD) is prepared for all Myanmar's citizens, also known as Burma, to have a say in this area.
Myanmar's army chief Min Aung Hlaing, who rejected the NLD's efforts to collect five million petitions for a change to the Constitution, responded to Aung San Suu Kyi. Speaking in an rare and unique Saturday VOA session, General Min Aung Hlaing said that the drafting provision in dispute was not specifically targeted at Aung San Suu Kyi.
It is a provision that prevents anyone who has a partner or children who are citizens of another state from becoming governor. Forbidden is Aung San Suu Kyi because her two children are Britons. Asked if he could see Aung San Suu Kyi, General Min Aung Hlaing said such a debate with the National League for Democracy leaders was "difficult" and said that their policy may not be the same as his.
For the first the mighty armies were reported to hold their first meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi at the end of last months during unparalleled conversations between 14 Myanmar rival politicians and Myanmar army commanders. Later Aung San Suu Kyi called for four-way meetings with President Thein Sein, General Hlaing and the House spokesman.
However, Thein Sein seemed to sack the content in an interrogation with VOA Thursday at the presidency dwelling. A 69-year-old veteran general, Thein Sein has been Myanmar's current chairman since 2011, after four years as premier. Prior to that, Myanmar was under total strategic command for almost five centuries - from 1962 to 2010.
VOA Thein Sein stated that he has not yet determined whether he should run for a second year.