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Thursday, 2 December 2004
Page: 7

Senator NETTLE (9:53 AM) —I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) ongoing concern about the political situation in Burma,

(ii) the continued detention of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and reports that this detention has been extended by the military regime in Burma, and

(iii) the recent release of student leader Minko Naing and his call for urgent action to pursue democratic reform and national reconciliation; and

(b) calls on the Government:

(i) to urge the Burmese junta to fully engage with the United Nations (UN) Secretary General Kofi Annan and the UN Special Envoy Tan Sri Razali Ismail in their work to find a political solution to Burma's problems,

(ii) to reiterate Australian demands for the release of the National League for Democracy's Vice-Chairman, U Tin Oo, and all the remaining political prisoners, and for the immediate and unconditional release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,

(iii) to support the Committee Representing People's Parliament mandate as the legitimate body to convene a democratic Parliament in Burma, according to the 1990 election result, and

(iv) support the Burmese National League for Democracy's call for the UN Security Council to convene a special session to consider what further measures the UN can take to encourage democratic reform and respect for human rights in Burma.

Question agreed to.