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Burma's Government Adjourns Constitution-Drafting Talks


Burma's military government has adjourned the latest round of on-and-off constitutional talks after more than two months of deliberations.

Burmese authorities gave little indication of when the talks might resume, only saying that a new session would convene at an appropriate time in 2007.

Critics consider the proceedings a sham because pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is barred from the meetings, and her National League for Democracy party is boycotting the convention. The Nobel Peace Laureate has spent 11 of the past 16 years under house arrest.

Burma's government says the convention is the start of a seven-step "road to democracy" it says will culminate in elections. No timetable has been set for the road map.

Burma's first constitutional convention was held in 1993, but talks stalled in 1995 when the N.L.D. walked out, saying the meeting was being manipulated by the military. Talks did not start again until 2004.

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