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  The  Statement of DPNS on the 9th Anniversary of the founding of its party

                                                                October 14,
                                        ( 13th Waxing of Thi-tin-gyut, 1359 BE )

October 14, 1997 marks the 9th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic
Party for a New Society (DPNS).  The party was formed through the mass
involvement of the younger generation determined to take on the historical
responsibility of our times.

The repression of the DPNS by the State Law and Order Restoration Council
(SLORC) was so servere that, in order to be able to serve the interests of
the people, the party had to move to the ethnic revolutionary area on
November 7, 1991.  Despite unceasing political harassment by the military
regime over the last nine years, the DPNS continues to stand firm in the
struggle to restore democracy in Burma.

Since 1988, SLORC has led Burma into a state of political, economic and
social turmoil as evidenced by the outflow of refugees to neighbouring
countries, the imprisonment and arbitrary killing of people with different
political beliefs, the poor health of the nation and the closures of
educational institutions.

The use of violence by the SLORC to supposedly resolve these problems is
unacceptable.  In order to avert a national catastrophe, the SLORC must
engage in genuine political dialogue.  Tripartite dialogue consisting of the
democratic forces led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the ethnic nationalities and
the SLORC, has been called for by all including the United Nations, whose
members are truly concerned with Burma's future development peace and

The DPNS would like to see the first steps towards creating the appropriate
environment for the democratic process to flourish, be implemented
immediately; these being:
	(a) a meeting between the SLORC and the NLD led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,
for genuine political dialogue,
	(b) all repression of political forces be stopped, and all political
prisoners be released, and 
	(c) the 1990 May election be authenticated and the election result be

Central Committee
Democratic Party for a New Society (DPNS)

                        Research & Documentation Centre
                    Democratic Party for a New Society (DPNS)