"Burma is attempting to use its sovereignty as a shield behind which it can violate the fundamental rights of its citizens with impunity"
-- Colin Powell
Who knows, why Powell was stopping in Dhaka?
"The reason is...to go to a country that is trying to make democracy succeed and to do what we can to encourage them, push them and help them."
UMC and Ocean Energy lost their PSC in October last year for failing to fulfil their obligations in two rounds. And who the others:
ARCO- Atlantic Richfield Co.
BOC - Burmah Oil Company.
JNOC - Japan National Oil Corporation
CAIRN - Cairn Energy plc.
IPPC - Indian Petroleum Prospecting Company.
INA - Ina Napthaplin,Yugoslavia.
OXY - Occidental Exploration Co.
OGDC - Oil and Gas Development Corporation.
PPL - Pakistan Petroleum Limited.
PSOC - Pakistan Shell Oil Company.
SCIMITER - Scimiter Exploration Ltd.
SHELL - Shell Petroleum BV.
SVOC - Standard Vacuum Oil Company.
UNOCAL - Union Oil Company of California
GAIL -Indian Oil Company
Nothing about oil/gas exploration companies and gas export against loan/grant/aid from IMF and other financial institutions/counties.
Anyway, as a guest we welcome him.