Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE DEBATE

Polish democracy under threat: EU warns Warsaw over judicial independence

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Game of Thrones and TV's golden age

Read more

ENCORE!

The best of the summer's exhibitions in Paris

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Game of Thrones returns: Mega fans bask in themed pop-up bar

Read more

FOCUS

Unwanted children: 3,800 babies abandoned in South Africa every year

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'Looking for Lenin': The search for fallen Soviet statues in Ukraine

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

From footballer to inmate: Will OJ Simpson be released?

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Time to taper? ECB governing council meets in Frankfurt

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Macron and the military: Has power gone to his head?

Read more

Asia-pacific

UN chief chides Burma election as border clashes intensify

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-11-08

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has described Sunday's parliamentary elections in Burma (also known as Myanmar) as "insufficiently inclusive, participatory and transparent", even as border clashes between troops and ethnic rebels force thousands to flee.

AFP - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called the Myanmar election "insufficiently" transparent and made a new call for the junta to release political prisoners.

Ban also expressed concern about reported clashes between government troops and ethnic rebels since Sunday's vote "and urges all sides to refrain from any action that could raise tensions further or create instability at this sensitive time," his spokesman said in a statement.

The UN leader, who has frequently expressed frustration at the attitude of Myanmar's ruling generals, believes "the voting was held in conditions that were insufficiently inclusive, participatory and transparent," said the statement.

Sunday's vote has been condemned by much of the international community and Myanmar's opposition as a sham. Pro-junta parties are widely expected to take most seats in the new assembly and Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winning opposition leaders was banned from taking part.

"Consistent with their commitments, the authorities must demonstrate that the ballot is part of a credible transition towards democratic government, national reconciliation and respect for human rights," said the UN chief's statement.

Ban "urges the Myanmar authorities to release all remaining political prisoners and lift restrictions on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi without further delay so that they can freely participate in the political life of their country.

"He also urges the Myanmar authorities to ensure that the process of forming new institutions of government is as broad-based and inclusive as possible."

Ban said: "The international community will look to the Myanmar authorities to provide greater assurances that the current process marks a genuine departure from the status quo."

The United Nations warned the junta before the election that it would not be seen as credible if Aung San Suu Kyi and other opponents remained in jail.

Date created : 2010-11-08

  • BURMA

    Junta-backed parties set to win 'flawed' election

    Read more

  • BURMA

    Voter turnout low in first election in two decades

    Read more

COMMENT(S)