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NCGUB Praises NLD for Firm Decisio

Subject:       NCGUB Praises NLD for  Firm Decision

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                 Statement Supporting the
       Decision by the National League for Democracy
         To Walk Out from the 'National Convention'

                       November 28, 1995

The National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma fully supports 
the resolute decision by the National League for Democracy to walk out 
from the "national convention" as it is being staged by the State Law 
and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) to legitimize military rule.   We 
are truly proud of the NLD leaders who have never showed any hesitation 
in making correct decisions even if they meant risking their own 
personal well-being.

As a party overwhelmingly elected by the people to carry out their will, 
the National League for Democracy is duty bound to do what is most 
beneficial to the people.  In light of the intransigent attitude by the 
SLORC convention authorities and the SLORC itself, the NLD has no option 
left but to leave what Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has described as "a national 
convention which is not heading for what the people want, which is not 
in any way desirous of bringing about national reconciliation, multi-
party democracy or a constitution that will be acceptable to all the 
people of our country."

The NLD has done its best to create conditions conducive to a dialogue 
but the SLORC has refused to show any flexibility.   We firmly believe 
that once the SLORC gives up its ambition of establishing a military 
dictatorship and start realizing that it is in the interest of everyone 
to work together, the problems that Burma face today will fade away.

It has therefore become our duty as well as the duty of the 
international community which wishes to see justice done in Burma to 
dissuade the SLORC from trying to consolidate a military leadership and 
at the same time to give all-out support to the democratization efforts 
undertaken by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for 

The international community must also avoid giving legitimacy to the 
SLORC's national convention or to its outcome and must refrain from 
investing in Burma or giving financial assistance to the SLORC.

Let us all show our firm solidarity with the Burmese struggle for 
democracy by keeping up the pressure on SLORC until the time it sees the 
futility of its selfish exercise and decides to enter into a serious and 
meaningful dialogue with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Burmese people will prevail and democracy will come to Burma.