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"Nation can no longer be isolated"
Rangoon, July 28: Burma became a member of the Association
of South East Asian Nations of its own accord and can no
longer be isolated despite efforts by the West, especially
the United States, official media said on Monday,
"We Myanmar (Burmese) are fully exercising our sovereignty
with our won decision, no matter who is putting whatever
pressure on us," said a commentary in both state-run
The commentary said Burma was isolated for several decades
of its own volition but had now decided to join Asean along
with its other Southeast Asian neighbors.
It said Burma was not frightened by Western efforts to
isolate the country.
"One can neither frighten Myanmar (Burma) nor turn her
head. Never put pressure on Myanmar, (Burma) which United
States earlier this year imposed economic sanctions on for
human rights abuses and the government's failure to
recognize the democracy movement led by Nobel Peace
laureate Aung San Suu Kyi," a daily said.
Washington and many Western nations urged Asean not to
accept Burma as a member, saying acceptance was tantamount
to approval of the government's actions.
Burma joined the regional grouping last week in Kuala
Lumpur along with Laos. "Never try to practice the "carrot
and stick"policy of the Western countries toward Myanmar
(Burma)," the commentary said adding, "We are not overly
fond of carrots and we are patriotic enough to break the
The Asian Age July 29, 1997.
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