English/Nat ASEAN leaders are expressing uncertainty about when Burma would join the grouping after Burmese opposition leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi warned its admission could make the military regime in Rangoon more oppressive. Her warning came ahead of a weekend meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers who are expected to consider membership for Burma, Laos and Cambodia for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Suu Kyi's warning came in a video tape that was smuggled out of Burma and released Thursday by a non-governmental organisation in Thailand. The tape was recorded secretly and is the first footage of Suu Kyi in several months. In a message to the leaders of ASEAN, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi implored the regional grouping to re-consider Burma's expected admission into ASEAN. In a secretly filmed video tape smuggled out of Burma, Suu Kyi said her opposition group, the National League for Democracy, wants to ensure ASEAN's engagement with Rangoon leads towards the development of democracy in Burma. Burma's military has tightened security around Suu Kyi's home, making access to her increasingly difficult. It is believed that Burmese authorities will block entry to her house and blockade her party's headquarters until after the ASEAN meeting this weekend. SLATE: Due to the restrictions imposed on Daw Suu Kyi by the military regime, the State Law and Order Restoration Council, this video was recorded under severe technical restraints and was smuggled out of Burma at great risks to those involved. SLATE: In your view, how has the military regime mismanaged Burma's economy? SOUNDBITE: (English) "There are several theories about it, but one of the most important is the fact that they do not have a proper macroeconomics policy. And of course such institutions like the I- M-F have grave doubts about their deficit funding. Now we think they have mismanaged the economy by mismanaging the people of Burma. Basically that's why they have they made such a mess of the economy. They're not making proper use of our resources - our human resources as well as our material resources." SUPER CAPTION: Aung San Suu Kyi, Secretary General of Burma's opposition National League for Democracy SLATE: What is the long term impact of military rule on the workforce? SOUNDBITE: (English) "They are spending much less on education now than was spent eight years ago before the democratic revolution. And of course they're spending much less on health care. That means they are not looking after people either physically or mentally. And that is going to be disastrous in the long run." SUPER CAPTION: Aung San Suu Kyi, Secretary General of Burma's opposition National League for Democracy SLATE: What does the unrest indicate to you about the stability of the country? SOUNDBITE: (English) "I think unrest anywhere and tension anywhere is symptomatic of instability throughout the country. The fact that people everywhere in Burma have to live under a lot of stress, because there is no security for them. And stress leads to instability." SUPER CAPTION: Aung San Suu Kyi, Secretary General of Burma's opposition National League for Democracy SLATE: What does the National League for Democracy want ASEAN to do? SOUNDBITE: (English) "ASEAN says that it believes in constructive engagement so we would like ASEAN to make sure the engagement is constructive. And also I think they should be engaged with us as well, the National League for Democracy, because we are the party which was elected by the people in the democratic elections of 1990." SUPER CAPTION: Aung San Suu Kyi, Secretary General of Burma's opposition National League for Democracy SOUNDBITE: (English) You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/222a19147fd92e5c8f9e363685fd7cb3 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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