Myanmar tells Suu Kyi not to call country 'Burma'
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||29 June 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Myanmar tells Suu Kyi not to call country 'Burma', 29 June 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4ff6aa5123.html [accessed 23 July 2014]|
June 29, 2012
Authorities in Myanmar have told pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to refer to her country by its official name, not "Burma," as it was known before the military government requested a change in English-languages references it in 1989.
In a letter published in a Myanmar newspaper, the Election Commission told Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party to use the country's name "as prescribed in the constitution."
In several high-profile speeches during her just-completed European tour, Suu Kyi called the southeast Asian country Burma.
Opponents of the government and exile groups have persisted in referring to the country as Burma as a sign of protest.
The name Burma was given to the country by the British, who occupied it from 1826 to 1948.
Based on reporting by AP and dpa