Thursday, April 21, 2011

Canada eyes dialogue with new govt

Published: 21 April 2011


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Governor General David Johnston [r] sits alongside Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Reuters)

Canada’s governor general on Wednesday accepted the credentials of Burma’s first ambassador to be posted to Ottawa in years, saying Canada looked forward to talks with him on human rights.
The appointment of U Kyaw Tin, a career diplomat once previously posted to Ottawa, is the first since Burma’s military regime disbanded.
His accreditation “will provide us with more opportunities to communicate our key interests and concerns,” Governor General David Johnston said in a speech.
“Canada looks forward to engaging with you on important issues of human rights, democratic development, and the rule of law during your tenure as ambassador,” he said. “These issues are of fundamental importance to Canada, both at home and abroad.”
Burma has not had representation in Canada since its last ambassador was recalled in 2004. Canadian diplomats operated from high commissions in Malaysia and Bangladesh and more recently from an embassy in Thailand, when dealing with Burma.
Burma’s ruling junta officially disbanded this month, giving the country a nominally civilian government for the first time in nearly a century. But many analysts dismissed the move as top junta figures remain firmly in leadership positions, albeit without their uniforms.