Lost Footsteps
Lost Footsteps

U Nu

During the Heyday of Burmese Diplomacy

Prime Minister U Nu at the Bandung Conference with Justice U Myint Thein (left) and U Thant (back). Burma was one of the organizers of the Bandung Conference of newly independent Asian and African states, together with India, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Ceylon. The conference was a big step towards the creation of the Non-Aligned Movement. Video here: http://www.gettyimages.no/detail/video/representatives-of-thirty-nations-from-african-and-asia-news-footage/116591383

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Anniversary of 1955 Asian-African Bandung Conference

The Asian-African Conference was held in Bandung, Indonesia in 18-24 April 1955. It is better remembered as the "Bandung Conference". Burma was one of the principal organizers of the conference, together with India, Pakistan, Indonesia and Ceylon. The conference brought together 29 leaders of the newly independent non-Western world, representing no fewer than 1.5 billion people, more than half the entire planet. The host, Indonesia's president Sukarno called it "The First Inter-Continental Conference of Coloured People in the History of...

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Soviet Premier's Burma Trip

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev visited Burma as part of a trip around Asia. The country was then under the 'Caretaker' government of General Ne Win. Khrushchev wrote in his memoir that he was very impressed with the welcome he received upon arrival. Premier Khruschev met with then former Prime Minister U Nu, as well as General Ne Win. President Mahn Win Maung hosted a garden party at Government House and Khrushchev attended as the guest of honour. During the visits,...

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Landmark Visit to Burma of David Ben-Gurion,Founder and First Prime Minister of Israel

On 5 December 1961, the founder and first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion made a landmark visit to Burma. Few remember that Burma in the 1950s and early 60s had particularly close relations, including military relations, with Israel. Both countries had achieved independence from the British Empire at the same time, both found themselves immediately at war, and both were governed (initially) by elected socialist governments. Burma was the first country in Asia to recognize the Jewish state (in...

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The Day Myanmar Democracy Died

On 2 March 1962 beginning at 2 am units of the Burma Army seized control of the Secretariat, the Windermere Estate, the guest house at Halpin Road, and other important government sites. President Mahn Win Maung, Prime Minister U Nu, all members of the cabinet and many other senior political figures including leading Shan sawbwas were arrested over the day. Sao Myee Myee, the 17-year-old son of the first President Sao Shwe Thaik was killed before dawn during the takeover...

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