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Solidarity with D V B
Reactions to the veto of German Foreign Ministry put on DVB radio station
# The Bonner opposition has stigmatized the veto of the Foreign Ministry,
which retarded the German support for a radio station of the Burmese
democratic movement by expressing:
" This is a typical example of the deceitful double-dealing character of
the German Foreign Policy."
# Dr. Angelika Koester-Lossack, Member of German Parliament of the
Alliance-Green Party, Fax: +49 228 1686012.
She said, " This is an extreme scandal and contradiction to the
German Burma Politics " in raising a protest against
the decision of the German Foreign Ministry that vedoed
the contract of the DVB with the Deutsche Telekom.
The DVB, based in Oslo and endorsed by the Nobel Peace
Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, is trying to improve its
quality inside Burma.
# Norbert Gansel, Member of German Parliament of the major opposition
Socialdemocratic Party (SPD) and Vice-Chairman of the Foreign Policy
Committee of the Parliament accused the Foreign Ministry
" of seemingly having more scruples about exporting opinions than
about exporting weapons."
# Dr. Ermgard Schwaetzer, Member of German Parliament of the
government-coalition Free Democratic Party (FDP) critisized the veto of
the Foreign Ministry, in which her party colleague Dr. Klaus Kinkel is
the Foreign Minister. She claimed the ' indifferent position ' of the
Foreign Ministry, saying such an indifferent attitude cannot be anymore
justified after the period of east-west conflict. Criticism should now be
developed in order to be able to support the democratic movements.
Just currentlya month ago, the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation, which
affiliated to FDP, has invited the representatives of the Burmese
government-in-exile in support of the democratic movement.
According to the assessment of Dr. Peter Traub, regional director of
the FNF in Bangkok, the exile radio station is broadcasting valuable
informations into the country, where the military ruled and media
news coverage is highly manipulated.
# The Burma Bureau, Germany regrets that the German Foreign
Ministry took such unexpected measure, having really known the
worst situation of gross human rights violations committed by the
ruling military dictators in Burma. The Burmese community,
particularly in Germany and generally in Europe, is entirely surprised
by the Foreign Ministry's decision, but still hope and wish very much
for reconsideration by higher authorities.
It is to be remembered that the significant role of the Radio Free Europe,
which effectively transmitted from Munnich/Germany during the cold-war
period, has been highly appreciated and held in esteem.
N.B : If you have any constructive as well as critical opinions to be expressed
to the German Foreign Ministry in Bonn, here is the fax number:
German Foreign Ministry : Fax +49 228 171703
Solidarity with D V B,
Nwe Aung / Burma Bureau, Germany. Fax +49 2173 907334