All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Burmese)

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 9:

Those who have the kindness of benefit for others

For the sake of living beings, do not relax their powers.

Though these holy beings bear a heavy burden,

They never put it down and dwell in discouragement.

*the Great Chariot Sutra*

Burma is known as a golden land made of several ranges (or ‘Yoma’ in Burmese) where thousands of tribal memories, wisdoms, religions, cultures and beauties of plants and animals dwell. The rivers, all of them are indeed important to the people and other existences, snake through these beautiful mountainous regions and flow from the north to the south where Indian Ocean is. The peoples, Burma has 103 ethnics, all of them used to be really generous and all they knew was to give.

Since the modern day’s dictators have systematically destroyed, now the golden land is famous for its narcotic trades, refugees, migrant workers and various atrocities and sufferings.

One day, we’ll be free again and the land will be again famous for its beauty.

RESPONSE FROM THE SINGAPORE CHAIR OF ASEAN ON THE CYCLONE NARGIS DISASTER IN MYANMAR: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS PRESS STATEMENT, 8 MAY 2008

In response to media queries, the Singapore Chair of ASEAN confirmed that the situation in Myanmar following Cyclone Nargis was discussed during the informal consultations among EAS senior officials. He said that the officials expressed their sadness and sympathy over the massive loss of lives caused by the cyclone, and noted that tens of thousands of Myanmar people are still missing. They noted that many countries have offered humanitarian assistance packages to Myanmar following the outbreak of the disaster. They reiterated readiness to provide further assistance, including sending medical and rescue teams, to Myanmar. They look forward to having these personnel on the ground as soon as possible to augment the Myanmar Government's relief efforts.

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MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

SINGAPORE

8 MAY 2008

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