Than Shwe, the country's most senior general, criticisedcountries such as the
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"Judging from lessons of the history, it is certainthat powerful countries wishing to impose their influence on our nation willmake any attempt in various ways to undermine national unity," he saidduring a speech on Tuesday.
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Than Shwe vowed to "crush, hand-in-hand with theentire people, every danger of internal and external destructive elementsobstructing the stability and development of the state".
About 15,000 troops paraded in front of the assembled ministers,generals, foreign defence attaches and international and local media atsunrise in Naypyidaw.
The new capital,replacing Yangon, has been built in the jungles of central
The public was barred fromattending the event, but the annual ceremony marking the beginning ofresistance to Japanese occupation during World War II is one of the fewtimes of the year when Than Shwe allows his image to appear in official media.
Than Shwe displayed few signs of the reported illhealth that has caused concerns that a power struggle could erupt in
The ageing general spent two weeks in
The government also said Mynamar was making progress towards democracy afterbeing under military rule since 1962.
Brigadier general Kyaw Hsan, the information minister, saida draft of guidelines for drawing up a new constitution "is nearcompletion".
He said that unfinalised basic guidlines for drafting the new constitutionwould be adopted at the next session of the national convention.
The convention is thefirst stage of a seven-stage plan that is supposed to lead to new elections andthe restoration of democracy, at a date that remains unspecified.
"We know that the international community hassome worries about the implementation of the seven-step road map," KyawHsan acknowledged.
The current military junta took power in 1988 aftercrushing pro-democracy demonstrations and held a general election in 1990 butrefused to recognise the results after a landslide victory by the NationalLeague for Democracy party of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.
Source:AgenciesGüncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16