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Burmese Junta to Revive Constitution Talks

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Burma's military government says it is resuming talks on a drafting a new constitution, but there is no indication the junta will broaden the meetings to include pro-democracy delegates.

State radio and television reported Sunday that "national convention" talks will resume on December 5.

Six weeks of talks earlier this year achieved little beyond drawing sharp criticism from the United States, the European Union and others.

The opposition National League for Democracy and Burma's second-largest ethnic group the Shan refused to take part in the talks because the military government hand-picked all delegates.

Drafting a new constitution is the first part of the seven-step plan the military government has proposed for restoring democracy in Burma.

The National League for Democracy, led by Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, won a landslide victory in Burma's last elections, in 1990, but the generals who rule the country have never handed over power.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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