This letter to the International Herald Tribune by an official from the "Embassy of the Union of Myanmar" really annoyed me with its criticism of a Human Rights Watch report on the persecution of ethnic minorities by the military, especially with its suggestion that "The International Herald Tribune needs to be sensitive to the real conditions in Myanmar." Either way, I was interested in what the website of the Embassy of the Union of Myanmar had to say for itself.
The party (National League for Democracy) stated that the name-change is not a priority and it has to be done with a vote. It is quite amazing for someone to say such a thing since national unity is and always would be a top priority in any country in the world.
The change itself indicates that the military government regards itself as a transitional or a caretaker government, exacting a step-by-step transformation to democracy it cherishes for the entire nation. If the military government intends to hold on to the power as it has been accused by the western governments, changes in the name of the government or members of its administration are not necessary. It is a change of substance, entity and identity.
Unfortunately, we have been inescapably stuck in the first phase [of the transition to democracy] much longer than we initially have expected, due to unnecessary pressures and problems created from within the country and abroad. The economic sanctions and embargoes imposed on Myanmar by the western countries are like putting obstacles and hurdles on our path to democracy. Ironically, it is the same western nations that are criticizing Myanmar for not being a democracy.