IPFDB urges Centre to stand behind non-voilent Burmese

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Shillong, Sep 27 (UNI) Indian lawmakers today urged the Congress-led UPA government to stand shoulder to shoulder with the non-violent peaceful monks of Myanmar.

The lawmakers assembled under the banner of Indian Parliamentarians' Forum for Democracy in Burma (IPFDB), comprising MPs belonging to both ruling and opposition parties, including Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Nationalist Congress Party.

''We urge the Centre to use its influence to ensure that there is peaceful transition from military power to democracy in Myanmar (Burma),'' IPFDB Convenor Robert Kharshiing said here.

The Parliamentarian's Forum also condemned the crackdown on protesters in Myanmar and called on the Myanmerese authorities to release those detained.

''As the largest democracy in the world, India should take a stronger stand in supporting the movement for democracy in Myanmar and press for the immediate release of Nobel Peace Prize winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,'' Mr Kharshiing said.

About 100 Buddhist monks were reportedly held hostage when a monastery in the eastern part of Rangoon was stormed overnight.

Urging the world community to pressurise the military forces to immediately restore democracy in Burma, Mr Kharshiing urged UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and the UN Security Council to prevent any violent reaction from the military dictatorship.

The Centre had yesterday voiced its concern over the developments in Burma stating, ''India is closely monitoring the situation in Myanmar. It is our hope that all sides will resolve their issues peacefully through dialogue. India has always believed that Myanmar's process of political reform and national reconciliation should be more inclusive and broad-based.'' Myanmar has witnessed massive demonstrations since the past few days against the military regime which has been ruling the country with an iron hand.

The military regime arrested pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and hundreds of her supporters.

Since last week, thousands of monks and students have taken to the streets demanding democracy in the country.

The incident was even disussed at the UN General Assembly which is currently in session.

The US also imposed new sanctions against Myanmar and the European Union has threatened to follow suit.


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