Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Letter from former Korean ambassador to Dr. Zaw Myint Maung(from ARDA website)

Letter from former Korean ambassador to Dr. Zaw Myint Maung
Dr. Zaw Myint Maung
Rangoon Burma

February 01, 2005

My dear Dr. Zaw Myint Maung:

I am saddened beyond words that you are still being incarcerated illegally by the Burmese military junta for no crime other than the advocacy of democracy.

The world is keenly aware of the tragic and sad situation in Burma. There is an encouraging sign that something may be done in concrete terms by the nations that believe in democracy led by the United States. At the recent Senate Hearing for her appointment, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, the new Secretary of State of the United States listed Burma as one of the six “ outposts of tyranny” in the world ( the other five are: North Korea, Iran, Cuba, Byelorussia and Zimbabwe). She also declared that the spreading of freedom and democracy throughout the world is the foreign policy objective of the Bush administration in his second term. Let us see what happens.

The important thing is that we have not forgotten you and we pledge to you that we shall continue to press for your freedom in the arena of the world, including the General Assembly of the United Nations by mobilizing the moral force of all freedom-loving states of the world.

Last, please permit me to introduce myself briefly. I am a former career diplomat of South Korea, having served as Korean Ambassador to India, Egypt, Morocco, Jamaica and the Caribbean. I was educated in Untied States: M.A. '56 ( Georgetown) as well as LL.M., '57 and S.J.D. '61 ( Harvard Law School). I am now teaching as Professor of International Law at Yonsei University in Seoul, the oldest private University in Korea founded by American Missionary in 1985.

With my fullest support and deepest respect, I am.

Sincerely Yours,

Ambassador Woonsang Choi ( Rtd)
Doctor of Juridical Science ( Harvard)
Professor Of International Law

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