Sandeep Dikshit

Hopeful that talks with Suu Kyi will be initiated by the military junta

NEW DELHI: India is opposed to any sanctions on Myanmar and hopes that the military junta would initiate talks with the jailed pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. New Delhi also believes that India will soon get transit rights to the north-east through Myanmar, according to official Indian sources.

“Ms. Suu Kyi seems ready to talk and find a solution. Our assessment is that Myanmar will start some sort of a broader dialogue process. The United Nations envoy to Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, is also hopeful, especially after the regime appointed a Vice-Minister to liaison with Ms. Suu Kyi. The Indian Ambassador in Myanmar has also met her as did Mr. Gambari,” they said.

“In our every conversation with the regime, we have conveyed our concern about Ms. Suu Kyi. We have also urged them to adopt an inclusive process and include the monks, an important social force, to help make the polity more broad-based. External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee has suggested a probe into the bloodshed and fixing of responsibility and the regime appears to have taken some of the suggestions on board,” they added.

With blogs brimming with criticism of India’s stand on the unrest, the sources said the urge for sanctions was in inverse proportion to the distance from Myanmar. “In our own interest, we should encourage an evolution that gives peace and stability. We would continue working with the U.N. but will not lose sight of our basic interests. Regimes like this know how to deal with sanctions and pass on the whole weight to the people. We would like the regime to start the dialogue.”