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Burma's Opposition Conditionally Agrees to Convention - 2004-04-29


Burma's pro-democracy opposition party has conditionally agreed to attend a constitutional convention next month.

A spokesman for the National League for Democracy, or NLD, Thursday said the organization will participate if the military government agrees to their conditions, which include the release of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. He said the party intends to present its demands to the government Friday.

Earlier in the day, the party's leadership was again allowed to meet the opposition leader at her Rangoon home, where she is being held under house arrest.

Burma's government invited the NLD to attend the May 17th convention, but has not said whether Aung San Suu Kyi will be released in time to participate. NLD officials have expressed concern that their views will be ignored at the meeting, and say they want a guarantee that this will not be the case.

A previous constitutional convention organized in 1993 fell apart after National League for Democracy members walked out, calling the process a sham.

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

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