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April 2, 2011 – (Washington, DC)

One of the problems of addressing a far away audience is not knowing exactly who is going to be present. I understand that there are among you Burma specialists, senators, members of the state department and others who have taken a great interest in Burma over many years. I understand that there are also among you grassroots activists. Perhaps I would like to address myself more to these grassroots activists than to the others because I would like to emphasize the importance of the actions of people like you. The Burma cause has to be kept alive. There has to be constant awareness of what is going on in Burma and I think to do this the work of grassroots activists is vital. At this moment Burma is at a crossroads. There are those who say that we have come to a place where there is change visible but there are those of us who do believe that change has not yet come, visible change, just superficial change, not real change. But we need real change in Burma and to achieve real change in Burma we need people like you. We need people like you to remind everybody, to remind the whole world that there is a need for change in Burma. What we are asking for is actually very modest. We are asking just for the basic rights of our people to be respected, for our will to be valued and this is very much in accordance with repeated resolutions of the United Nations. So on this day I would like to appeal to all of you to renew your efforts. I know you have renewed your efforts again and again so may I say to renew your efforts once again to make sure that the Burma cause is kept alive at all the important places where it should be kept alive: in the minds of governments, in the minds of the United Nations, in the minds of people all over the world. By doing that you will be helping us to achieve what we are trying to achieve for ourselves in Burma. We know that the real task lies here but we also know that we need all the support and help we can get if we are to reach our goal speedily. So, as I appeal to you for your support, I would also like to thank you for all you have done in the past and to let you know that nothing that you have done has been in vain. Everything that you have done has had an effect. It has helped us to be strong, to stand up against oppression and to persevere with our efforts to make our country the kind of nation where all of us can be secure and free and all of us will be in a position to make our own contribution to the happiness of the world at large. Thank you.