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Subject: India has big role to play : Suu Kyi
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Subject : India has big role to play : Suu Kyi
India has big role to play : Suu Kyi
The Hindustan Times, New Delhi. Tuesday Dec. 12 1995.
Yangon, Dec 11 (UNI) : National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu
Kyi feels India has a big role to play in facilitating the return of democracy in
Speaking to newsmen here Nobel Prize winner Suu Kyi said "though I
understand Government of India's difficulty in this regard, we like India to do
whatever possible for restoring democracy here." Ms Suu Kyi also conveyed
for gratitude to the Indian for selecting her for the Nehru memorial award.
"It was indeed great that people of India recognized our movement for
democracy through this," she said.
Ms Suu Kyi who was released from six years of house arrest in July last
intimated that in her fight for democracy, she always drew a lot of inspiration
from the great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Nelson
Mandela. "My father had a very personal relation with Pandit Nehru,"
Ms Suu Kyi said the government in Myanmar had good relations with both
India and China. However she would not be surprised if China did not support
them, Ms Suu Kyi said and added that the United States was very supportive
of their struggle.
Ms Suu Kyi, pulled her organization National League for Democracy party
(NLD) out of a convention which was organized by the military government
to draw guidelines for a new constitution. She said her party came out of the
convention as the proceedings there were not democratic.
Ms Suu Kyi made repeated attempts for talks with the present military rulers
but they were yet to show any willingness for a dialogue with NLD.
Regarding their non-participation in national convention, Ms Suu Kyi said
people here liked national convention but they did not like to be deceived.
In national convention all the papers were censored. People were not allowed
to speak. It was the military people who had all the rights to take actions
against anyone they like.
She said that 85 per cent of all the delegations of national conventions were
not elected but chosen. Out of the total 702 members only fifteen were
elected, she added.
Ms Suu Kyi said that we need national reconciliation. But only way it could
be achieved was through talks.
Commenting on the present economy of Myanmar, one of the underdeveloped
countries in Asia, Ms Suu Kyi said "it's not an open economy. Everything is
in a shamble here. It's open to certain classes of people, not to all. Only
democracy would give equal opportunity to those capable to add to the reform
Regarding foreign investment, she said there should be a balance between
foreign investment and the local one. She was not against foreign investment,
but the policy should be right and sensible one. At present the gap between the
poor and the rich here was huge, she said.
Citing example she mentioned that a number of big hotels were coming up in
Myanmar now. While the local people get only menial jobs in these projects,
management and rest of the work were done by foreigners.
To a question about her party's role towards the present government's decision
to observe 1996 as a visit Myanmar year, Ms Suu Kyi said, we have not
decided anything about it. It's too early to decide anything now, she said.