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U Win Tin says Ban Ki Moon should not visit Burma

Nov 13, 2008 (DVB)-Recently released veteran journalist and pro-democracy leader U Win Tin said the visit of United Nations’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to Burma could end up as a nod to tyranny.

During an interview with DVB, U Win Tin said he welcomes concerns for Burma by the international community and world leaders but he insisted that state visits could end up endorsing oppression in the country.

"It is very good that world leaders are interested in our political affairs, but this kind of visit will give blessing to dire situation here. We welcome their interest but not the visit," said U Win Tin.

"I even want to say clearly to Mr. Ban Ki-moon, don’t come (to Burma)," he said.

"In this kind of situation, world leaders need to think because while they (Burmese generals) are creating this atrocious situation and if people like Ban Ki-moon come and follow their plan, see what they show and listen to what they say, they will end up supporting, promoting and blessing the military government."

Reporting by Htet Aung Kyaw

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