Aung San Suu Kyi meeting diplomats before her trial
The Times reports that
The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, will visit Burma on Friday in a diplomatically risky effort to win concessions from the country’s military dictatorship.
Mr Ban hopes to persuade the Burmese junta to release political prisoners, including the country’s democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, in advance of an election next year, denounced by opposition groups as fraudulent and meaningless.
But if he comes away without a significant compromise by the regime, he will further undermine the UN’s authority in a country where neither punitive sanctions nor diplomatic engagement have brought any obvious improvements.
Please pray that his visit will be useful, and not merely a propaganda opportunity for the regime. It comes at a time when the clamp down on ethnic opposition is particularly intense, with the Burmese opposition (esp. Aung San Suu Kyi) also under attack Ban Ki Moon’s visit could be critical…
Following the call for prayer, as the Burma Army and its allied forces begins to drive villagers out of yet another area, Partners have asked for money to provide relief supplies for the affected villagers:
Partners staff are rapidly working with ethnic leaders to provide critical assistance.
More than 60 families have arrived seeking aid and refugee. Food and emergency supplies are being distributed. Additional help is on the way.
Many at risk families have fled other Burma Army attacks. As recently as last week, Partners staff assisted 40 families with essential provisions, such as mosquito nets, blankets, clothes, pots, pans, and bowls.
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Partners in the UK have issued this call for prayer:
2nd June 2009 – Prayer for Ler Ber Her and 22 Battalion, Karen State
We have just received information that the Burma Army and the DKBA (Democratic Karen Buddhist Army) are planning to attack Ler Ber Her, an IDP camp on the border and 22 Battalion close by in Karen State.
Our sources have told us that armed troops of hundreds of soldiers are only 2 days walk away.
The Burma Army and DKBA have arrested civilians whom they are using as porters for the operation. These people come from inside Pa-an district and Myawaddi Township.
Please pray – there are many innocents who today have nowhere else to run and are in fear for their lives.