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AP: Burma Responds Cooly To Sanctio
- Subject: AP: Burma Responds Cooly To Sanctio
- From: Winston_Lee@xxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 24 Apr 1997 16:22:00
Subject: AP: Burma Responds Cooly To Sanctions 04/23/97
Burma Responds Cooly
By GRANT PECK
Associated Press Writer
Wednesday, April 23, 1997 1:03 pm EDT
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Burma's military
vowed Wednesday not to be swayed by new U.S.
economic sanctions that already have sidelined the
development of two new natural gas fields.
Burma's neighbors also responded cooly to
Clinton's announcement Tuesday that he will bar
investment in Burma because of ``severe
repression'' by the
country's military regime.
A brief statement from the Burmese junta's
division said the sanctions were imposed for U.S.
``domestic political consumption.''
``We have our own national interest to serve and
already set down policies and we have our set aims
objectives for the good of the nation,'' it said.
Myanmar is working on a straight line toward our
do not have any reason to deviate from our
Myanmar is the official name given Burma by the
Unocal Corp., the biggest U.S. investor in Burma,
Wednesday that it has given up developing two new
gas fields because of the sanctions.
Unocal has been helping the Burmese government
oil and natural gas and build a $1.2 billion
pipeline from the
Yadana gas field in the Andaman Sea to a power
Thailand. Unocal also has proposed building a gas
to a fertilizer plant southwest of Rangoon, the
``We were going to look at one or two additional
the offshore area in the Andaman sea, but it's
would not be able to do it,'' John G. Vandermeer,
vice president for new ventures in South and
Asia, told Dow Jones Newswires in Singapore.
Vandermeer said Unocal would forego other
Burma, but declined to be specific.
It will go ahead with plans to look for gas
southwest of the
Yadana field, because it is committed by a deal
the Burmese government in January, he said.
existing project, a $750 million project for a gas
power plant to supply Rangoon, also will proceed.
Burma's neighbors, members of the Association of
Southeast Asian Nations, were skeptical about
sanctions would succeed in easing repression and
Burma toward democratic rule. ASEAN members
that maintaining friendly business and political
links is a
``We have believed from the beginning that any
against Burma will not bear fruitful results,''
Fadyl, a spokesman for Indonesia's Foreign
Burma has applied to become a member of ASEAN, and
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said in
Lumpur that the U.S. move would not affect Burma's
into the group.
In Thailand, a Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman
described the sanctions as a matter between the
States and Burma.
Burmese opponents of the regime, meanwhile,
Tin Oo, vice chairman of the opposition National
Democracy, said in a telephone interview Tuesday
from Rangoon that the U.S. action ``is one we have
much longingly hoped to happen.''
The National League for Democracy won big in a
general election, but the military refused to let
seated. Many of its lawmakers since have been
exile or imprisoned.
A statement from the national Coalition Government
Union of Burma, a self-styled government in exile,
move ``reaffirms that the United States stands for
the rule of
law, democracy and human rights and brings hope to
Burmese people to the Burmese people.''
The group, based in Washington, is made up mostly
elected members of parliament of the National
Democracy. It and other exile opposition groups
other nations to take similar action.
Meanwhile on Wednesday, the Asian Development Bank
announced it will not resume development
Burma, suspended since 1986, unless its political
? Copyright 1997 The Associated Press
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