I have been busy with personal issues lately therefore is this going to be a short one. Many things happened in Thailand and Burma around their New Year’s celebrations. This will be just short pieces of info on each of the main events that have taken place.
Former PM Thaksin gathered supporters around him to celebrate Songkran in Laos. There he announced his intention to come home soon, which some interpreted as soon as of the end of July (just to throw a birthday party at his home I assume). He never announced a date though; therefore the speculations about an early return are without any reason. That he is intending to come home this year is for sure though as you can see here in an interview with the Al Jazeera network. There have been rumors around an assassination of Thaksin, but I’d say this is just to heat up the atmosphere around the visit.
Further down in the South, Thailand has seen the bloodiest month ever since attacks in the Southern insurgency started. In March 2012, hundreds of people were injured and scores of people died. The time of point could not be more inappropriate as security personnel expected the worst to happen around the celebrations of Songkran. God bless, the holidays have been very quite days.
In Burma, the drive of the post-election enthusiasm has calmed down a little bit and the officials are getting back to work. The government and Suu Kyi have reached out to the Karen ethnic leaders in order to reach ceasefire agreements and further pursue the road towards national reconciliation. Until this national reconciliation has reached tangible results, we will have to wait a bit longer but the talks now involving Suu Kyi and not just the President anymore seem to be a more promising scenario than before.
David Cameron was the first British PM to visit the former colony in nearly five decades. After talks held with the President and Suu Kyi, he declared his intention which is to promote the ease of sanctions still hindering economic progress in Burma. Ever since his visits, the international news coverage has published that the UK and the EU will ease sanctions very soon, providing a prospect of economic progress and stronger diplomatic ties with the Burmese government. So the visit was a great sign of support by the international community and will leave Burma progressing economically and collaborate on reaching the goal of national reconciliation in the near future.
Suu Kyi will be on her first trip outside the country in 24 years, as soon as she is being issued a passport. The trip will include trips to Norway and the UK.
That’s it for now. More to be published anytime soon. Until then, keep yourself up to date with our daily news coverage on Facebook. Stay tuned people.