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Bangkok Post News (24/11/98)

News headlines;
1: Suu Kyi stands firm against junta's 'coercion' campaign
2:Laos Prime Minister visits to Burma
3: Seven arrested with counterfeit US cash

1: Suu Kyi stands firm against junta's 'coercion' campaign

Party 'will not back down despite pressure'

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi vowed yesterday to keep
campaigning for the convening of a parliament of elected representatives
despite intense pressure from the military government.
The 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner told a news conference her National
League for Democracy (NLD) would not dissolve a committee set up in
September to represent members elected at the country's last elections in
The NLD won that poll by a huge margin but the result was ignored by the
"The committee representing parliament will not dissolve until a parliament
is convened with the representatives-elect from the 1990 election," Ms. Suu
Kyi said.
She said the NLD would not back sown despite attempts by the government to
disable the party.
The government said on Sunday it had detained 851 NLD members since early
October. Of these, 384 had since been released because they "undertook not
to participate" in illegal activities, it said in a statement.
The military added that at least 10 NLD offices had been closed voluntarily
by their members and 1,259 NLD members had resigned from the party because
they disgreed " with the NLD leadership's policy of confrontation and
The government has indicated it may be prepared to release the detainees,
which it says are its "guests" in state accommodation, if the party
withdraws its call for a parliament and disbands the committee.

2:Laos Prime Minister visits to Burma

Prime Minister Sisavath Keobounphan of Laos arrived in Rangoon yesterday
for a four-day goodwill visit at the invitation of the military government.
No details of the Lao and Burmese leaders' expected activities were
released by either government.

3: Seven arrested with counterfeit US cash

Burmese police have arrested seven people for possession of counterfeit $50
and $100 bank notes, official newspaper reported yesterday. The notes
totalled $950 (over 35,000 baht.
Police stated tracing the bills when one of the $100 notes was passed at a
restaurant in  Rangoon in September. The bills were bought from a Chinese
man at Mae Sot, the Thai border town opposite Myawaddy in Burma, the
newspapers said.  - AP