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Burma Opposition ready for tlaks
Burma Opposition ready for talks
The Asian Age, 19 May 1996 (New Delhi)
Rangoon, May 18: Burmas leading opposition party, the National
League for Democracy has said it plans to keep open the possibility of
talks with the countrys ruling military junta.
"The NLD will continue to seek a dialogue so as to find solution for
existing political, social and economic problems facing the country ...
and will always leave the door open for it," a statement received on
Saturday said. "Leaders of the State Law and Order Restoration Council
have yet to pave the way for such a dialogue."
The NLD is boycotting the ongoing national convention organised by
SLORC to draft a new state Constitution, saying the constitution would
cement a central role for the military in government and sustain the
Since NLD won democratic elections held in 1990 by a landslide,
SLORC has maintained it will not hand over power until a new
constitution giving the military a central political role is established.
The NLD statement listed efforts made by the party since its foundation
in 1988 to initiate talks with the junta. It denounced a SLORC
campaign against the NLD in the official media and rejected the juntas
labelling of the opposition as "destructionists" -- an epithet seen
Rangoon on huge billboards which proclaim: "Annihilate all
The NLD has announced that it will hold a conference between May 26
and May 29 to be attended by NLD candidates victorious in 1990
elections, when the party won 392 of 485 seats.
Official daily the New Light of Myanmar, expressed concern in an
editorial that this conference would threaten "the political stability
already attained." (AFP)