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Burmese Military Junta Is Waiting  For Suu Kyi's Reponse To Attend National Convention - 2003-12-13


Burmese Prime Minister Khin Nyunt says his government is waiting for democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's response to its proposal for her party to attend a planned national convention.

The Burmese leader made the comment during a 40-minute meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in Tokyo on Friday.

A Japanese official who was present at the meeting quoted General Khin Nyunt as saying the Burmese government is contacting opposition and minority groups about moves to democracy and is waiting for their responses.

Mr. Koizumi urged the Burmese leader to promote democracy to make it easier for Japan to provide assistance to the Southeast Asian nation.

The two leaders met during a two-day special summit of officials from Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

In August, General Khin Nyunt unveiled a seven-point democracy "roadmap" plan, including a convention to write a new constitution and eventually free and fair elections.

The Free Burma Coalition, a U.S.-based dissident group, has cautiously welcomed the move, calling it a first step in the right direction for their country.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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