NLD welcomes Thai PM's comments

Jan 14, 2009 (DVB), The National League for Democracy has welcomed the remarks of Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, who said on Monday that he wanted to see change in Burma.

Abhisit, who came to power last month, said Burma's neighbours wanted to see change in the country, but ruled out imposing sanctions against the regime.

"The goals of Western countries and the countries of this region for Burma are not different , we all want to see some changes," the Thai premier said.

"But our methods may differ because of two main reasons: cultural differences and the distance of the countries," he said.

"Those who are far away may use certain measures while those who are neighbours have to use other measures."

NLD information wing member Nyan Win said Abhisit's words would be welcomed by all democracy supporters.

"We welcome the remarks made by the Thai prime minister," he said.

"His words reflect the true vision, not just of himself as a democrat, but of all democracy supporters across the world."

Thailand-based Burmese political analyst Win Min said the prime minister's words could indicate a more relaxed policy towards Burmese democracy activists in Thailand.

"There may at least be less pressure upon Burmese democracy activists in the future compared to under the previous government who were only focused on doing business with the Burmese government," Win Min said.

"The previous government protected the Burmese junta by doing things such as praising them," he said.

"The new government is not going to follow the same course, but at the same time it is unlikely that they will publicly criticise or denounce the junta either."

Reporting by Aye Nai

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