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Bush heading for Thailand to meet Myanmar activists
US President George W Bush, who brought in harsher economic and financial sanctions against the Myanmar military junta, will visit Thailand in early August. On his two-day trip with wife Laura he is likely to meet Myanmarese democracy activists
UNITED STATES President George W Bush and his wife Laura, who have been championing the cause of democracy in Myanmar and would like the military junta to go in for national reconciliation, will use the opportunity while visiting Thailand in August to meet Myanmarese activists.


In what is probably the US President's last visit to Asia before his term expires, he and the first lady are likely to meet democracy activists and political observers over lunch during his visit to Thailand in early August, the Myanmar media in exile reports. They will be staying in Thailand for two days, where he is likely to raise the Myanmar issue with the Thai government.


The US President's visit Thailand on August 6 and 7 is to mark the 175th bilateral relationship between the two countries, the Bangkok Post said. Bush will hold bilateral talks with Thailand's foreign minister Samak Sundaravej.


“President Bush will deliver a speech on Asia while he is in Bangkok,” the newspaper quoted Thailand's foreign ministry spokesman Tharit Jarungvat as saying recently. The speech is to be significant because it will be his last in Asia during his presidency, the daily added.


Bush brought in harsher economic and financial sanctions against the Burmese military regime and pushed for a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution on Burma. But his efforts, which were shored up by the United Kingdom and France, failed to make much headway and ended up as a UNSC presidential statement, as the two veto wielding countries, China and Russia, put their foot down and objected to the resolution.
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