07MOSCOW1248, BURMA: RUSSIAN MFA SEES BURMA HEADING IN RIGHT

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07MOSCOW1248 2007-03-23 05:56 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO3248
PP RUEHDT RUEHPB
DE RUEHMO #1248 0820556
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 230556Z MAR 07
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8503
INFO RUCNARF/ASEAN REGIONAL FORUM COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHGG/UN SECURITY COUNCIL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI PRIORITY 1091

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 001248 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/23/2017 
TAGS: PREL PGOV PHUM UNSC BM RS
SUBJECT: BURMA:  RUSSIAN MFA SEES BURMA HEADING IN RIGHT 
DIRECTION 
 
REF: STATE 20000 
 
Classified By: Political M/C Alice G. Wells.  Reasons: 1.4(B/D). 
 
1. (C)  In a recent discussion with Anatoliy Borovik, Chief 
of the MFA's Burma, Cambodia and Laos Section, we underlined 
the U.S. commitment to continue actively promoting national 
reconciliation, respect for human rights and a transition to 
democracy in Burma.  Borovik told us that Russia did not deny 
that Burma faced significant challenges, but Moscow did not 
view these problems as constituting a threat to international 
or even regional peace and stability.  When pressed, he made 
it clear that Russia was unlikely to support U.S. initiatives 
on Burma in the UN or other international fora. 
 
2.  (C)  Stressing several times Burma's complicated history 
and constant challenges to its territorial integrity, Borovik 
said that Russia saw the regime's National Convention as a 
positive step forward.  Warning that progress would be slow, 
he said that Moscow supported a step-by-step approach and 
viewed efforts at putting pressure on the Burmese government 
as self-defeating.  Questioning why the U.S. continued to 
express an unusual level of concern about the human rights 
situation in Burma, Borovik asked why India -- Burma's 
neighbor and "the world's biggest democracy" -- not only did 
not share these concerns but was actively seeking to build 
stronger ties to Rangoon. 
 
3.  (C)  Borovik argued that the National League for 
Democracy had refused to engage in the National Convention 
and that other opposition groups had decided to "swallow 
their differences" and join in the process.  He saw the 
National Convention as the only means existing by which Burma 
could develop "some sort of democracy."  In his view, 
international organizations, to the extent they were able, 
should work at supporting the Burmese government's efforts to 
find a "Burmese style" solution to its internal political 
problems. 
BURNS

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