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NLD issues statement on 8-8-88 upri
- Subject: NLD issues statement on 8-8-88 upri
- From: ncgub@xxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Mon, 07 Aug 1995 12:56:00
N A T I O N A L L E A G U E F O R D E M O C R A C Y
(Liberated Area) Burma
August 8 1995
Statement by the National League for Democracy (Liberated Area)
on the 7th Anniversary of the 8-8-88 Democratic Uprising
1. Today marks the seventh anniversary of the historic 8-8-88 democratic uprising --
the day on which people of all nationalities throughout the nation led by the students rose
up en masse to demand for democracy and for an end to military dictatorship. On this
auspicious occasion, we of the National League for Democracy (Liberated Area) solemnly
pledge to work, together with the people, to fulfill the fervent democratic aspirations of
the thousands of heroic martyrs who had laid down their lives during the great uprising.
2. Embracing the principles prescribed by National Leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in
her statements to the international media and in her July 11 statement following her release
on July10 1995, the National League for Democracy (Liberated Area) will join hands with
the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma headed by Prime Minister Dr.
Sein Win and all other pro-democracy and ethnic parties and organizations, and work in
any given role to uphold the interests of the people of all nationalities, without harboring
any grudges or ill-will toward anyone.
3. The Burmese people are deeply grateful to all those who have assisted in securing
the release of our national leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. They include the United
Nations and various governments; representatives, senators and parliamentarians; world
renowned personages and Nobel Peace Laureates; the Socialist International, the
International Labor Organization, the AFL-CIO; nongovernment organizations like the
Amnesty International, Asia Watch, Article 19, National Endowment for Democracy,
International Republican Institute, the Open Society Institute, the Burma Border
Consortium, etc; television and radio stations like the CNN, ABC, BBC, VOA, NHK,
etc., news agencies such as AP, AFP, UPI, Reuter, Kyodo, etc, newspapers like the
Nation, Bangkok Post, New York Times, Washington Times, and Guardian, etc.
In order to restore democracy and human rights in the country, the National League for
Democracy (Liberated Area) profoundly urges these friendly governments, organizations
and individuals to step up their efforts to bring about a dialogue between the general
secretary of the election-winning National League for Democracy, Daw Aung San Suu
Kyi, and the SLORC as well as to secure the release of all political prisoners in Burma.
4. The National League for Democracy (Liberated Area) profoundly asks Senior
General Than Shwe, chairman of the State Law and Order Restoration Council, to
immediately release all political prisoners and enter into an open, honest and forward-
looking dialogue with National Leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi so that a national
reconciliation process that will bring about genuine peace, unity and democracy in the
country could begin without the misgivings and mistrust of the past.
Central Executive Committee
National League for Democracy (Liberated Area)