Alice in Wonderland Nature of Burma and the Mobile Camera

London, UK - 26 September 2007, 17:57 GMT

Dear ATCA Colleagues

[Please note that the views presented by individual contributors are not necessarily representative of the views of ATCA, which is neutral. ATCA conducts collective Socratic dialogue on global opportunities and threats.]

We are grateful to:

. His Excellency Martin Morland for "Alice in Wonderland Nature of Burma and the Mobile Camera;"

in response to the ATCA Research and Analysis Wing submission "Burma in Biggest Uprising in 20 Years: The China Black Swan."

Dear DK and Colleagues

Re: Alice in Wonderland Nature of Burma and the Mobile Camera

I was British Ambassador in Rangoon (Yangon) from 1986 to 1990, including the uprising of 1988, and have spent altogether more than seven years in the country. I hope the ATCA Research and Analysis Wing is right that China will exercise the influence it has to promote movement towards some kind of freer system; what they want is stability. If the army was able to consolidate its grip without serious bloodshed and with no more than a token move towards democracy as evidenced by the the new draft constitution, I suspect China would be content.

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Yours sincerely

Martin Morland

His Excellency Martin Morland has been a career British diplomat who has served in Burma, Geneva, Brussels, Rome and Washington, DC. His posts with ambassadorial rank have been in the British Cabinet Office as Chief of the Joint Intelligence Committee Assessments Staff, Ambassador to Burma, and Permanent Representative to United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva. He took part in the 18 nation Disarmament Conference which negotiated the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), a treaty which includes an explicit obligation on the Nuclear-weapon States to assist the non-Nuclear-weapon States in their development of peaceful nuclear energy. After a 6-year posting in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office leading up to the UK's entry into the European Community, he played a part in securing a positive result in the 1975 Referendum confirming British membership, as Head of the Referendum Information Unit. He has been Chairman of the Working Party for the admission of Taiwan into the GATT from 1992 to 2001. He has been Director, Public Affairs in British Nuclear Fuels plc. He is Chairman of Governors of the Westminster Cathedral Choir School and of the Trustees of the educational Charity, Prospect Burma, and a member of the Committee of Supporters of Nuclear Energy. He was educated at Ampleforth College and King's College Cambridge.


We look forward to your further thoughts, observations and views. Thank you.

Best wishes

For and on behalf of DK Matai, Chairman, Asymmetric Threats Contingency Alliance (ATCA)

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