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Title: S Korean FM approaching Burma with caution
Date of publication: 18 August 2010
Description/subject: "South Korea has said it will raise the issue of controversial military ties between Burma and North Korea when a senior government official visits the pariah state next week."
Author/creator: FRANCIS WADE
Language: English
Source/publisher: Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 September 2010

Title: South Korea to Discuss Nuke Rumors With Myanmar
Date of publication: 18 August 2010
Description/subject: South Korea's Foreign Ministry said Monday rumors about nuclear collaboration between North Korea and Myanmar would be discussed when a high-level envoy from Seoul travels to the Southeast Asian nation this week, the Yonhap News Agency reported (see GSN, July 23).
Language: English
Source/publisher: NTI
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 28 September 2010

Title: Yonhap (South Korea): S. Korea to address suspected Myanmar, N. Korea nuclear issue: ministry
Date of publication: 17 August 2010
Description/subject: South Korea will talk about possible nuclear cooperation between Myanmar and North Korea when a senior diplomat visits the Southeast Asian country next week, the foreign ministry here announced Monday.Vice Foreign Minister Shin Kak-soo is scheduled to visit Myanmar from Aug. 19-21, where he will deliver Seoul’s message encouraging fair elections on Nov. 7, according to ministry spokesman Kim Young-son. The elections will be the country’s first in two decades.
Language: English
Source/publisher: "BurmaNet News"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 28 September 2010

Title: A Governance Gap: The Failure of the Korean Government to hold Korean Corporations Accountable to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises Regarding Violations in Burma
Date of publication: 15 June 2009
Description/subject: Executive Summary: "This report is intended to inform the upcoming meetings of the OECD Investment Committee in Paris, France in 2009. It documents substantive errors in the Korean NCP’s interpretations of the OECD Guidelines, and its failure to achieve functional equivalence with other NCPs. EarthRights International (ERI) and the Shwe Gas Movement (SGM) request the Investment Committee to address the governance gap within the OECD Guidelines system of implementation by acknowledging the Korean NCP’s errors in interpretation, and by clarifying certain aspects of Guidelines with respect to the Korean NCP’s decision in the Shwe case. Chapter 1 provides an updated context of the situation in Burma, highlighting the environmental and human rights, political, and economic situations, with particular attention to updates on the impacts of natural gas development in the country. Chapter 2 describes the OECD Guidelines specific instance procedure and the complaint filed by ERI and SGM et al. in October 2008. Chapter 3 explains structural shortcomings and conflicts of interest at the Korean NCP, noting that these are problems that appear to pervade the NCP system, raising important questions about the ability of the Guidelines to have their desired effect. Chapter 4 describes specific substantive problems with the Korean NCP’s decision in the Shwe case, noting how the NCP decided in favor of the companies on every count, concluding that the complaint did not merit further attention. Chapter 5 highlights the ways in which the Korean NCP’s decision is inconsistent with decisions of other NCPs, most notably with decisions by the French and UK NCPs. Chapter 6 makes specific requests of the OECD Investment Committee with respect to clarifying certain aspects of the Guidelines and taking effective action to improve the performance of the Korean NCP. Appendix A of this report is an unofficial English translation of the Korean NCPs decision. The text of the complaint filed by ERI and SGM et al. is available at www.earthrights.org."
Language: English
Source/publisher: EarthRights International, Shwe Gas Movement
Format/size: pdf (496MB)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs07/A_Governance_Gap-ERI.pdf
Date of entry/update: 20 August 2010

Title: Myanmar, South Korean groups to strengthen ties
Description/subject: Myanmar, South Korean groups to strengthen ties By Nyi Nyi Aung THE Myanmar-South Korea Friendship Association and a South Korean counterpart have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at strengthening their relationship. The MOU with the South Korea-Myanmar Interchange Association was signed in Yangon on February 24, said the general secretary of the Myanmar-South Korea Friendship Association, U Than Win.
Author/creator: Nyi Nyi Aung
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Myanmar Times_ Volume 11 , No.206
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.myanmar.gov.mm/myanmartimes/no206/MyanmarTimes11-206/011.htm
Date of entry/update: 28 September 2010