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Date: Mon, 29 Jan 1996 17:57:18 +0000
Subject: Reuter/AFP: Suu Kyi Denies She Is a Dictator
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Organization: Forum for Democracy and Human Rights
29 Jan. 1996
SUU KYI DENIES SHE IS A DICTATOR
Rangoon, Jan. 28: Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi denied
government accusation that she has become dictatorial in her running of the
National League for Democracy Party.
"There is no practice of dictatorship in the NLD, the Nobel Peace laureate
told supporters late on Saturday. Ms Suu Kyi's remark was made after official,
state-run Burmese-language newspapers carried a commentary asking her to step
down because she had become dictatorial. In the commentary entitled "Give up
little sister," Ms Suu Kyi was accused of ignoring the will of the people in her
leadership of the pro-democracy party.
The commentary, the latest in series of criticisms against the democracy
leader, said 50-year old Suu Kyi used "feminine wiles" over other party member
to get her way. "I would like to request you give up the little sister, in order to
raise the political impression of the party," said the commentary.
It suggest the NLD try to find a way to change its decision to withdraw from
military-sponsored constitutional talks. Ms Suu Kyi said late last year the
NLD, which she helped found, was pulling out of the talks because they did not
represent the will of the people. About 590 delegates, mostly hand-picked by
the ruling State Law and Restoration Council, are involved in the constitutional
convention which has been meeting intermittently since 1993 to draft guide-lines
of a new Constitution.
Meanwhile, speaking during a weekend appearance before her supporters, said
Sunday that the ever-widening gap between rich and poor could lead to social
unrest if left unresolved.
She said the gap between the rich and the poor was already a tangible thing in
the country. An increasing number of children were unable to complete primary
education because their parents had become impoverished, she said.
CAMBODIA SIGNS PACT WITH BURMA
Rangoon: Burma and Cambodia have signed a cooperation agreement, official
media reported on Sunday. Burma's minister for foreign affairs Ohn Gyaw and
his Cambodian counterpart Ung Huot, sign an accord to form a Joint
Commission for Bilateral Cooperation, according to the reports. No details were