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NLD Calls for Resumption of Substantive Talks - 2002-11-13


Burmese opposition leaders are calling for the resumption of political talks with the country's military government.

Members of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party met today (Wednesday) with visiting United Nations envoy Razali Ismail. A party spokesman said members asked Mr. Razali to tell the military government that the opposition is prepared to discuss any issue, without preconditions.

Mr. Razali - who is on a five-day visit to Burma - met with Aung San Suu Kyi Tuesday. He is scheduled to meet with Burmese Home Minister Colonel Tin Hlaing later today, and has requested a meeting with military leader General Than Shwe.

The UN envoy's visit comes amid concern that Burma's military government has not taken steps to improve relations with the opposition or enact democratic reforms.

The Malaysian diplomat brokered historic talks in late 2000 between the Burmese military and Aung San Suu Kyi. Those talks have been stalled since the opposition leader was released from 19 months of house arrest in May.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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