No concerted international pressure on the Generals who run Myanmar appears likely soon after the UN Security Council’s 15 members failed to agree on any new measures last night.The extended house arrest on Aung San Suu Kyi will keep her out of the way for next year’s elections, but Myanmar’s neighbours, above all China have warned the rest of the world not to meddle in the country’s internal affairs. Suu Kyi’s cousin runs Myanmar’s government in exile: “They want to exclude her and of course they want to exclude many other political leaders and ethnic leaders.” Sein Win says the election will not be inclusive nor fair, and this state of affairs is likely to continue as long as Thailand, India and China import Myanmar’s natural gas, timber, and other raw matierials. Ahead of the election there are reports of arrests and crackdowns on opposition and ethnic groups, and the army and police are ever-present on the streets.
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