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NEWS - Door for Dialogue with Myanm
- Subject: NEWS - Door for Dialogue with Myanm
- From: Rangoonp@xxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 00:18:00
Subject: NEWS - Door for Dialogue with Myanmar Govt Always Open: Nld
Door for Dialogue with Myanmar Govt Always Open: Nld
YANGON (Nov. 23) XINHUA - The National League for
Democracy (NLD) will always open its door for dialogue with
the Myanmar military government, but will not accept
preconditions especially in the absence of her, said Aung
San Suu Kyi, general secretary of the NLD, Monday.
Aung San Suu Kyi made the remarks at a press conference
given at the NLD Headquarters here Monday.
Among those present were nine of the 10 members of the
"Committee Representing the People's Parliament Elected in
the 1990 Multi-Party Democracy General Election" formed in
September. The remaining one is said to have been
detained by the authorities.
The committee reiterated that it will continue to work for
convening of the "People's Parliament" and draw up the new
Distributed at the press conference was also a letter sent
Senior General Than Shwe, chairman of the Myanmar State
Peace and Development Council (SPDC), and U Ba Htay,
chairman of the Multi-Party Democracy General Elections
The letter covered the matter of the recent disbandment of
NLD's township organizational committees, saying that the
dissolution is illegal.
The letter recalled that the former State Law and Order
Restoration Council (now SPDC) passed the Political Parties
Registration Act on September 27, 1988, pointing out that "a
body that has passed a law must itself abide by the
provisions of the said law, if the law is to have beneficial
effect and gain public respectability. Law makers should not
be law breakers".
The letter also said that "the NLD continues to pursue the
high ideals of democracy and human rights amidst the
myriad difficulties created by the authorities. The NLD
protests strongly against the coercive actions taken by the
intelligence services to bring about the illegal disbandment
the township committees and urges the authorities to bring
an end forthwith to such activities."
However, the government had said in a statement that "it has
not been unwilling to extend the olive branch to the NLD. It
the NLD that has spurned the government's offer to meet
and it is Aung San Suu Kyi who seeks to confront the
authorities at every turn."
The government's statement added that "the NLD could face
serious action if it tried to convene the People's
unilaterally," and "if such an action is to be implemented
an individual political party, it can lead to the NLD making
itself the parallel government which no government in the
world would accept."
The press conference was also attended by foreign
diplomats and correspondents.