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Asean wants international sanctions on Burma lifted

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ASEAN SUMMIT The leaders of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations open their two-day summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Tuesday. They are, from left, President Aquino, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Cambodia Prime Minister and 20th Asean Summit Chair Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techno Hun Sen, Brunei Darusssalam Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzadin Waddaulah, Indonesia Vice President Boediono, Laos Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, Malaysia Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Burma President Thein Sein. MALACAÑANG PHOTO BUREAU

PHNOM PENH—Southeast Asian leaders on Tuesday called for the lifting of international sanctions on Burma after the country’s historic by-elections, a senior Cambodian official said at a regional summit here.

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) “call for the lifting of all sanctions on Myanmar (Burma),” Cambodian Secretary of State Kao Kim Hourn told reporters on the sidelines of the Asean leaders’ summit.

“The lifting of sanctions would contribute positively to the democratic process and especially economic development of Myanmar,” he said, quoting leaders inside the closed-door summit room.

The by-elections were a resounding victory for democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, and saw the former political prisoner and Nobel laureate win a seat in parliament for the first time.

An Agence France-Presse report said Suu Kyi’s party, the NLD, won at least 43 of the 44 parliamentary seats it had contested.

If the results are confirmed, Suu Kyi will lead a small bloc of NLD lawmakers in the military-dominated parliament.

Burmese President Thein Sein assured the other leaders of the 10-nation bloc that Sunday’s elections were “transparent, free and fair, so he accepts the result,” Kao said. “So the Asean leaders congratulated and praised Myanmar about the election result.”

Congratulations

President Benigno Aquino III joined Asean leaders in congratulating Burma for holding a peaceful and successful elections on April 1.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Mr. Aquino congratulated Thein Sein during the plenary session of Asean leaders held here at the Peace Palace.

“In fact, the President mentioned that the elections … enhance the long-term stability of Myanmar which in turn enhances the long-term stability of Asean,” Lacierda told reporters.

He said Asean leaders were informed during the plenary session about the successful holding of the elections.

Beyond expectation

Lacierda quoted Asean Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan as saying that Asean was “pleased with the democratic exercise and (Myanmar) performed beyond expectation.”

In a statement issued by the Asean chair’s observer delegation on the April 1 elections in Burma, it said that the success of the polls was “another significant step for Myanmar in its process of democratic reform and signifies the realization of the country’s 7-step roadmap to democracy.”

“We urge the international community to consider lifting economic sanctions on Myanmar so that the people of Myanmar can enjoy better opportunities in realizing their aspirations for peace, national reconciliation, democracy and national development,” said the statement.

March toward democracy

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) hailed Burma for holding “historic by-elections” that it called “a milestone in what appears to be Rangoon’s inexorable march toward democracy.”

The DFA statement noted that Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Burma were “orderly, free and transparent,” as witnessed by the Philippines’ observer team.

It described the elections as a “breakthrough” in Burma’s modern history because opposition parties, led by Suu Kyi’s NLD, took part.

“While it may take a few more days before the results can be certified, the real winners of this election are the Myanmar people and the Myanmar government under the leadership of President Thein Sein, who have been able to work together and make this change possible,” the DFA said.

The election opens Burma’s prospects not only for political reform but also for socioeconomic liberalization and development, it said.

Encouraged by the opposition’s sweep of the vote, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario reiterated Manila’s call to the international community to consider lifting the sanctions against Burma.

Del Rosario was in Phnom Penh, attending the 20th Asean Meeting. He said the Burmese foreign minister briefed Asean foreign ministers during their meeting on Monday on Burma’s “peaceful and successful” elections.

Vindication for Asean

“We’re happy about the reports that it was successful and peaceful, and we congratulate the people of Myanmar,” Del Rosario said. The vote, he said, was a “vindication” for Asean, as it showed the global community that Burma could successfully move toward democracy.

During an official trip to Burma in early February, Del Rosario met with Suu Kyi at her Rangoon residence where he wished her victory in the elections.

In a text message to the Philippine Daily Inquirer from the Burmese capital, Del Rosario said he and Suu Kyi “discussed reforms toward democracy and national reconciliation and the need for sustainability.”

Parliamentary friendship

Del Rosario said they also declared the Philippines’ “support for the lifting of sanctions against Burma and offered our proposal to develop Philippine-Burmese parliamentary friendship.”

He described his trip to Burma as “significant,” noting that it was “taking place when Burma is at its crossroads of history.”

Suu Kyi was released from house arrest shortly after parliamentary elections in 2010.

Her party won a landslide victory in 1990 elections, but was not allowed by the ruling military junta to take power. Reports from AFP and Jerry E. Esplanada in Manila

Originally posted at 06:29 pm | Tuesday, April 03,  2012


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  • MarcyPulilan

    Sa mga leaders na naka picture, tanging si PNoy lang ang mukhang sira -ulo at walang ibubuga. Mukha siyang robot at mukhang gusto nang matulog. Haaaay anong klase bang leader iyang si PNoy, naka bili yata tayo ng PeNoy hindi PNoy.

    • mark_john21

      Siguro naghihinakit ka lang dahil nasa kulungan na ang leader mo dahil sa pangungurakot. Samahan mo na lang kaya siya doon para may tagapunas ng wetpu niya.

      • pangitbudhiko

        STOP defending this abnoy, its true he really look like a mongoloid.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

        Please stop discriminating people with such condition. It could happen to anyone else, even to your own kids..

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IWSC74JRY6R3OJ6DO4XJUWECS4 paranoid_penguin

        beware of karma….karma..karma….babalik yan sa lahi mo…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

      Tulo pa nga ang laway…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/23R7MHXKI63AHVCUS3K45Y4FQE Mike

      BAKA NAMAN PAG NAKITA NG PILIPINAS ANG HITSURA MO EH..MAS IKAW NG MUKHANG SIRA ULO AT INUTIL….TINURUAN BA KAYO NG MAGULANG NINYO NG MAGANDANG ASAL…O YANG KLASE NG ATTITUDE MO ANG ITINURO SA IYO NG MAGULANG MO….?

      • MarcyPulilan

        Iyong henerasyon ng magulang ko ang sumira sa Pilipinas, iyong henerasyon nila ay pumayag na makapasok ang mga opportunitsta. Lumaki ako na OK lang maglagay sa pulis, sa BIR, at kahit ano kayang ayusin ng pera. Kaya ngayon na matatanda na sila, ngayon ko sila tinuturuan ng magandang asal. Nag huwag matuwa sa mga taong palpak kagaya ni PeNoy. Oo nga baka mas pangit pa ako kay PeNoy pero hindi ako mukhang robot at sira-ulo. Pangit lang ako hindi abnoy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4UUKT3KMR3HZPFPTGCWK5XQ2WY Mark

    Meron akong nakitang isang parang mongoloid at sinto-sinto among the ASEAN leaders.

    Tingnan ninyong maigi ang photo sa itaas.

    Baka kayo rin, napapansin ito.

    • mark_john21

      Oo napapansin ko ang paghihinakit mo dahil wala diyan and leader mo at nasa kulungan.Ang masakit pa niyan mukhang matagal pa bago siya makalabas dahil sa patong patong niyang mga kaso.

    • totan

      sana ikaw na lang ang nan-duon MARK para walang mukhang mongloid sa picture…. kung di talagang MONGOLOID.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

      Have your parents taught you about manners and respect? Btw, please don’t discriminate  people with such conditions.. we never know, but it could happen to your very own children..

    • TagaMlang

       In America and other developed countries, after the election, whoever wins, they give him full support, that is why their country is progressive.  Unlike here in our country where a lot have the “crab mentality” and don’t want others to succeed. 

      P-noy may be what he is (as what you think), but he is now the President, and supporting him is supporting the country to hopefully become worldclass, progressive and financially stable. 

      Let’s give P-noy our full support because no matter what, he is now our President.  You cannot do anything about it, unless he is assassinated or ousted in a coup. 

      We can only judge P-noy after his term.  Then and only then we can give him an excellent passing mark or an utter failure.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

        We can judge penoy if he distributes the Hacienda Luisita now, and without the P10billion payment to the Cojuangcos.

      • cheerleader

        so, what do you suggest? let’s just all shut up and let him violate the laws with impunity and mock our institutions, while he saves their hacienda? c’mon. we’re not born yesterday! 

      • cheerleader

        “We can only judge P-noy after his term.  Then and only then we can give him an excellent passing mark or an utter failure.” —and everything then shall already be fait accompli. 

        the freedom of speech is our only safeguard since “not all” institutions built to fight graft and corruption are functioning well. so, please stop saying that the people has no right to comment on matters of public affairs. kuro kuro lang lahat ito. 

      • MarcyPulilan

        Baka after PeNoy’s terms we cannot judge him anymore because talagang pobre na ang Pilipinas, ni pang internet hindi na natin ma-afford. Kaya judge the robot now.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/23R7MHXKI63AHVCUS3K45Y4FQE Mike

      KAYA HINDI UMA-ASENSO ANG PILIPINAS SA MGA KATULAD MONG TAO….MAHUSAY LANG MAMINTAS…PERO TINANONG MO BA SARILI MO KUNG ANO NA NAGAWA MO AT NAITULONG SA BAYAN…..

      • turkak

        Mike  TAMA SI MARK BALIKAN MO UNG PICTURE SI ABNOY ANG PINAKAPANGIT AT PINAKABOBO SA LAHAT NG MGA LEADERS AT ANG NAKAKAHIYA PA DIYAN LATE PA SIYA. DI NA NAHIYA ALANG ALANG MAN LANG SA MGA PILIPINO.

        BUTI NA LANG DI NAGLALAWAY NG KINUNAN NG PICTURES.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    Myanmar could be on the road towards democracy. However, it should create it’s own democratic path to suit its own Asian culture and tradition, and not just follow the western model.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

    Ayaw nang pansinin ni Yingluck Shinawatra si Penoy…hindi dahil sa ipinagpalit siya sa isang Koreana, kundi nabuking ang love affair ni penoy at ng LRA Head.

    • Ulipur

      May asawa na si Yingluck.

    • MarcyPulilan

      To Albin, maawa naman tayo kay Yingluck, yucky si PeNoy para sa kanya. Ayaw siyempre kahit sino na malahian ng isang robot. Ang pangetsky ni PeNoy para kay Yingluck. Kalbo, mukhang sira-ulo, tamad, walang alam, bobo, at isang mental, ano ang pag-asa niya kahit maka first base siya?

  • virgoyap

    No economic sanction whatsoever have been imposed in the Philippines but still our country is considered impoverished. I’m afraid after economic sanctions is lifted in Myanmar we will remain as it is, while Myanmar will economically grow faster than ever. 

  • CyberPinoy

    Ayan na uunlad na din ang Burma baka maunahan pa tayo nyan. 

    Paalala lang mga fellow Pinoy.  Lets move into progress before we were left out.. We need a better Philippines free of curuption and greed.

    • turkak

      CyberPinoy   Paalala lang mga fellow Pinoy.  Lets move into progress before we were left out.. We need a better Philippines free of curuption and greed

      WITH PANOT AT THE HELM, THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE.  KKK FIRST BEFORE THE PEOPLE  MENTALITY OF PANOT WILL MAKE IT AN IMPOSSIBLE DREAM.

      • Juan Dela Cruz

        “WITH PANOT AT THE HELM, THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE. KKK FIRST BEFORE THE PEOPLE MENTALITY OF PANOT WILL MAKE IT AN IMPOSSIBLE DREAM” — cge nga sabihin mo yan sa kanya ng harapan? puro ka comment, puntahan mo para masabi mo ng harapan…. cge nga??

      • dannyflorencio

        Juan Dela Cruz  tangalan mo ng security aide yan gugulpihin ko sa harapan mo yan. Di lang panot yan lampa pa. Pumunta sa underground base sa Japan yan ng isang taon nawalan ng power kaya naghagdan sila pataas hayun wala pa sa kalagitnaan ng pag-akyat hinihingal na samantalang yung mga hapon mas matanda sa kanya may safety cap at coat and tie pa ang suot di man lang hiningal. Nakakahiya yan sa ibang banyaga pag kalusugan na ang usapin. Takot lang hyan humarap sa tao ng walang security staff.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6NOMVLC5HDV6PZCEUSYH26O4JI yaptangcom

    Ceremonial action by a ceremonial association.   

  • tra6Gpeche

    Due to recent development in Myanmar, international sanctions on this country should be lifted. I wish all Burmese success in their undertakings!

  • turkak

    PAGMASDAN NIYO UNG PICTURE LAHAT NG LEADERS AY KAGALANG-GALANG ANG HITSURA MALIBAN LANG KAY PANOT. KAYA SIGURO INILAGAY SIYA SA PINAKAHULI KASI TAMAD AT BATUGAN AT INILAYO SA PRIME MINISTER NG THAILAND. SAMA KASI NG REPUTATION SA IBANG BANSA NITONG SI NOYNYOY-ING KAYA DI PINAPANSIN NG MGA IBANG LEADERS.

    SA ECONOMIC GAINS AY 6TH PLACE, SA ASEAN GAMES 6TH PLACE DIN.ISANG 6 NA LANG NAWAWALA, DI KAYA NASA ULO NI PANOT UNG ISANG 6 PARA BUO NA UNG TRILE 6 – 666 ANG SIMBOLO NG DIABLO. DI KAYA SUGO NG IMPIYERNO SI PANOT ?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KMPWZ7AIMWABC7DZWYWTW3CL5Q yahoo-KMPWZ7AIMWABC7DZWYWTW3CL5Q

      you made my day turkak! bwahahaha…

    • Juan Dela Cruz

      1. “PAGMASDAN NIYO UNG PICTURE LAHAT NG LEADERS AY KAGALANG-GALANG ANG HITSURA MALIBAN LANG KAY PANOT” — sa palagay mo ba ay kagagalang galang ka? the way ka mag post ng comment mo, parang ang galang galang mo na tao…

      2. “KAYA SIGURO INILAGAY SIYA SA PINAKAHULI KASI TAMAD AT BATUGAN AT INILAYO SA PRIME MINISTER NG THAILAND. SAMA KASI NG REPUTATION SA IBANG BANSA NITONG SI NOYNYOY-ING KAYA DI PINAPANSIN NG MGA IBANG LEADERS.” —- kaya mo bang ijustify yang mga sinasabi mo? paano mo nasabi na tamad at batugan sya? naka trabaho mo na ba sya? paano mo din nasabi na di sya pinapansin ng mga ibang leaders? kasama kaba sa activity na yan? ang talitalino mo talaga, ang galing galing mong mag isip ….isa kang alamat hindi kapa kinuha ng pusa nung bata kapa. bwahahaha..

      3. “SA ECONOMIC GAINS AY 6TH PLACE, SA ASEAN GAMES 6TH PLACE DIN.ISANG 6 NA LANG NAWAWALA, DI KAYA NASA ULO NI PANOT UNG ISANG 6 PARA BUO NA UNG TRILE 6 – 666 ANG SIMBOLO NG DIABLO. DI KAYA SUGO NG IMPIYERNO SI PANOT ?” — ang talino mo talaga…. pweeeeeh!

      • MarcyPulilan

        to Juan de la Cruz, sagot ko sa number 2, kaklase ko si Noynoy noong high school, tamad talaga iyan at malakas mangopya. Anak mayaman kasi kaya puro porma lang ang alam. Wala siyang katangi tanging kakayahan na naipakita noong nasa High school siya dahil alam ng lahat tamad iyan. Minsan may test, mang hihingi pa ng papel at minsan wala pang ballpen. Noong graduation namin, wala siyang award pero na bigyan siya ng standing ovation kasi hindi nila pinadalo ni Ninoy Aquino dahil naka kulong. Kaya standing ovation dahil sa awa. Ganyan ang popularidad ni PeNoy, dahil sa awa at sa pagkakilala sa kanyang magulang, walang sariling gawa. Tamad, Bobo at walang silbi. Isang ROBOT.

      • turkak

        Juan Dela Cruz  bobo mo talaga di mo ba alam na Wall Street Journal ng New York ang nagbansag sa kanya ng Modern day Juan Tamad kasi batugan at tamad siya. Ay sorry, di ka nga pala nagbabasa ng WST abante at TIKTIK at people’s tonight lang ang binabasa mo.

        SiGe ipagtangol mo pa ang batugan at tamad mong pangulo !! tsk tsk tsk!!!

        Si Ambassador Kinney ng US ang nagsabing unassuming at diffident na tao yan si Abnoy kaya basahin mo sa Wikileak ha ! bobong Juan Dela Cruz.
        Ngayon kundi mo alam sa tagalog ang salitang unassuming at diifident bahala ka na sa buhay mo tanga ka naman eh !!

      • dannyflorencio

        Juan Dela Cruz  wag mo naman ipakitang mangmang ka sa katamaran at pagkabatugan ni noynoy abnoy. Naging congressman wala na-enact na batas, naging senator ng ilang terms walang na – enact na batas as senator. 0 output in both chambers of legislation.
        Ito ba ang masipag at kahanga hanga na pangulo para sa iyo ? kung oo para sa iyo pareho lang kayong may tama sa ulo. Isang mental case ka din Juan Bobong Dela Cruz. It’s time for you to visit Fr. James Bulatao of Ateneo who diagnosed Abnoy suffering from melancholia and serious depression.

  • dannyflorencio

    Tingnan mo hitsura ni Abnoy oh! sa picture parang si Frankenstein ng Adams Family. Turnilyo na lang sa gilid ng utak ang kulang dyan si Frankenstein na talaga yan. di ba ?



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