Alice in Wonderland Nature of Burma and the Mobile Camera
London, UK - 26 September 2007, 17:57 GMT
Dear ATCA Colleagues
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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.
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
For and on behalf of DK Matai, Chairman, Asymmetric Threats Contingency
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