Regardless of point of view, the veteran-politician is to be credited for putting Burma on the agenda. It is reasonable to assume that it was he who laid the groundworks for Norwegian Church Aid "Throw out Burma-clothing"-campaign. It is this battle who now is crowned with a little victory: The lingerie-giant Triumph is closing down it's garment factory in Burma.
In the haze of victory it is easy to forget about the still ongoing and even increasing imports of Burma products in clothing stores. Even more important, Aung San Suu Kyi is still sitting in house-arrest, nearly twelve years after she was democratically elected. Still, the prime minister's continuing focus, last out-spoken in a meeting with president Jiang Zemin during a visit to China in january, give grounds for hope. Hope that Bondevik never forgets!
Norwatch Newsletter 1-2/02