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Burma: Too Soon to Provide Timetable for Reforms - 2003-09-09


Burma's military government says it is too soon to provide a time frame for implementing its road map to democracy.

Labor Minister Tin Win told reporters in Rangoon today (Tuesday the government is only in the preliminary stage of the road map and much still needs to be done.

He said again that the government had appointed officials to revive the National Convention to draft a constitution. The convention was suspended in 1996 following a boycott by the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD).

Labor Minister Tin Win also said it is too early to say whether the NLD will be permitted to participate in drafting a constitution.

Last week, Burma's newly appointed prime minster, General Khin Nyunt, said the government would adopt a seven-point road map to democracy and renew work on a new constitution.

The prime minister did not mention any role for NLD leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been detained for more than three months.

The special United Nations envoy to Burma, Malaysian diplomat Razali Ismail, said Monday that Rangoon should be given time to implement promised political reforms.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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