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U Khun Tun Oo, Leader of Shan National League for Democracy, Echoes UN Appeal for Dialogue - 2002-11-04


In a report on Myanmar, the Secretary-General notes that, though some significant developments have taken place over the past two years, substantive dialogue between the government and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has yet to commence.

Concerned that the positive momentum will be lost unless some tangible progress is made in the near future, the Secretary-General appeals once again to the Government and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to set aside their differences and unite for the larger cause of national reconciliation.

Burma Focus's November 3rd program aired a VOA interview with U Khun Tun Oo, Leader of Shan National League for Democracy. He commented that the ethnic minorities of Burma support Mr. Annan's renewed call for substantive dialogue between the current government's State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

However, he also noted that ethnic leaders should decide for themselves a common goal in national reconciliation in preparation for tri-partite talks.

Mr. Annan noted in his report that his Special Envoy, Mr. Razali Ismail, focused on the need to release all political prisoners; the full lifting of restrictions on the normal activities of legal poltical parties; the provision of enhanced humanitarian assistance and the need for the Burmese government to make adjustments to Burma's economy.

U Khun Tun Oo said, "Burma's econonmy is getting worse. This causes the quality of education, health and social living standard of the Burmese people to deteriorate too. The ball is on SPDC's court to act. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on her part has always welcomed the military leaders to start the national reconciliation dialogue."

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