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Cardinal Bo criticizes looters of Myanmar's resources

Natural wealth of the country belongs to all, says head of Yangon Archdiocese

November 21, 2016

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It is time for Myanmar to "reverse the trend" of a 60-year decline said Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon who stressed that all of the country's people should be beneficiaries of the country's resources.

Speaking at a national conference on Nov. 15, Cardinal Bo said none of the wealth created from the country's natural resources has benefited the poor.

Cardinal Bo demanded justice from "the three Cs: cronies, companies and countries nearby" while calling for a more equitable distribution of wealth.

"Myanmar resource wealth belongs to Myanmar people," CNS reported the cardinal as saying.

"It does not belong to looters who save money in Singapore and Geneva. We have gathered here to bring the thieves and robbers to accountability," he said.

"If you destroy natural wealth and loot and store your money in [a] Swiss bank, you're really investing in war here," he said. "Within 10 years the jade mountains will disappear, filling the secret bank accounts of some companies. Are we a nation of spiritual people if we allow the three Cs … [to] loot the inheritance of our children?"

After years of war, Cardinal Bo said that "peaceful solutions are possible, my dear brothers and sisters, and we have come to seek that path."

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