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                                                                                                        May 18, 2002

Honorable Aung San Suu Kyi


National League for Democracy

c/o Mr. Teddy Buri, MP

Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee

National Council of the Union of Burma

Bangkok, Thailand


Dear Ms. Suu Kyi,


We wholeheartedly welcome the news of your release from a 19-month house arrest as a result of your fiery charisma and consistent international sanctions against the Burmese government. The news means joy and reborn hope for the Burmese people and also for all democracy advocates in Asia. On behalf of my pro-democracy advocate colleagues in and outside Vietnam, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to you and the National League for Democracy for their victory of “non-violence and active resistance” over military dictatorship and oppression.  It is my sincere hope that you are now gaining unprecedented momentum to lead to fruition Burma’s persistent struggle for democracy and human rights.


As the “cause of liberty and justice” you have long promoted “finds sympathetic responses in far reaches of the globe,” many Asian countries will feel the impact of your courageous sacrifices and exemplary dedication in the coming years. This is particularly true of Burma, China and Vietnam  --the three countries in the forefront of the decade-long struggle for basic human rights and civil freedoms and a democratically elected government.  The 20th century --a century of democracy—has passed, yet their peoples are still deprived of the right to live in an open and free society. As for pro-democracy advocates in and outside Vietnam, your lifelong endeavors serve as both a stimulus and encouragement to their movement for a free, democratic and prosperous Vietnam.


On this occasion, I would like to share with you my deepest conviction that democracy is a universal value and will soon come to Burma and Vietnam.  Not before long will our two countries be able to share with our neighbor countries in Southeast Asia the treasure of development in freedom and peace.    


Respectfully yours,


Doan Viet Hoat