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Veteran politicians invited to Hong Kong seminar

Oct 30, 2008 (DVB), Veteran politicians Thakin Tin Mya, Thakin Hla Kone and U Shwe Ohn have been invited to attend a seminar in Hong Kong to discuss the current political situation in Burma.

The seminar has been organised by academics Dr Kyaw Yin Hlaing and Dr Robert Taylor, and the politicians said it was the first time veteran political figures had been invited to take part in this kind of event.

Shan politician U Shwe Ohn said it was not yet clear whether the three would be able to attend the seminar.

"We would like to go but it is difficult to say whether it will work out or not," U Shwe Ohn said.

"But if we are able to go over there we will give a true reflection of the current situation."

U Shwe Ohn has been a longstanding campaigner for a federal union and rights for ethnic nationalities, and his books have been banned by the Burmese regime.

Thakin Tin Mya has published books about the struggle against colonial rule and has been able to publish some of his writings in Rangoon-based journals.

Thakin Hla Kone has also had opinion pieces published in journals inside Burma.

Another prominent politician, Thakin Chan Tun, said it was a surprise that the three had been invited and noted that they were not members of the veteran politicians' group led by Thakin Thein Pe.

Reporting by Htet Aung Kyaw

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