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Thursday, 12 May 1994
Page: 708

  Motion (by Senator Loosley)—by leave—agreed to:

  That the Senate—

  (a)recognises that Thailand has provided refuge for Burmese in exile and Burmese refugees over the past decades;

  (b)believes that meaningful talks can only take place between the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) and the ethnic nationalities if both parties are able to negotiate on an equal basis;

  (c)notes, with concern:

    (i)that negotiations between the SLORC and the Karen, Mon and Karenni people may be negatively influenced by external pressure, and

    (ii)recent reports that Burmese exiles in Thailand have been subject to forced relocation;

  (d)believes that Thailand's continued policy of tolerance will be essential to the continued existence of the democratic movement of Burma; and

  (e)urges the Thai authorities to continue their past flexible and humanitarian approach to the Burmese dissidents and minority groups, and to ensure that parties to the cease-fire talks in Burma are able to negotiate on equal terms.