World Buddhist Summit to Go Ahead Despite Boycott

December 8, 2004

Source: Channel News Asia

On December 8, 2004 Channel News Asia reported, "Myanmar is preparing for the opening of a world Buddhist summit undaunted by a boycott called by its main sponsor because of an upheaval prompted by the sacking of the military regime's premier. Myanmar state media said the three-day event would be an undoubted 'landmark in the history of Buddhism' and is a rare potential showcase for a nation isolated by international sanctions because of its hardline policies and continued detention of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi... Invitations have been sent to Buddhist leaders from 37 nations, including those in 17 countries who were told by the main sponsor that the fourth world summit had been called off, according to officials."