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India for democracy in Pak, Myanmar

NEW DELHI: Concerned over undemocratic regimes in its neighbourhood, Indian lawmakers on Monday demanded restoration of democracy in both Pakistan and Myanmar.

"Both the government and the people of India are for democracy in Myanmar and extend their support to the Aung San Suu Kyi-led democratic movement," Rajya Sabha member and noted Gandhian Nirmala Deshpande said addressing a seminar on ‘India’s Role for National Reconciliation in Myanmar’.

However, she said that people of Myanmar, like Suu Kyi, should fight for democracy in the country.
Defending the government’s policy of engaging Myanmar’s military leadership, Deshpande said "it may be a tactical move for any future purpose."

Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Joshi said there was a need for democracy in Myanmar as also in Pakistan.

"Restoration of democracy in Pakistan is our greater concern because it is directly involved with us on several issues," he said adding negotiations with a democratic government will be easier.

Deshpande expressed solidarity with Suu Kyi and demanded her immediate release from the detention by the military junta in Myanmar.

[ Monday, February 06, 2006 03:59:50 pmPTI ]http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1402617.cms