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Senator Loosley, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a

formal motion, moved--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


(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.

Question put and passed.