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National League For Democracy Proposes National Convention Reforms - 2004-04-30


The National League for Democracy has forwarded its proposal for reforms it deems necessary on the part of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) to enable Burma's leading democracy party to attend the government-sponsored National Convention on May 17.

In an interview with VOA Burmese Service, NLD spokesperson U Lwin said: "The proposals for reform basically pertain to the procedural elements already made public by the government. For example, the 104 principles adopted by the previous Convention."

Since the national convention is, by definition, a political forum to discuss openly on issues for the future good of the country, things like the 104 principles should be a subject for discussion there, U Lwin said.

The NLD secretary and spokesperson said his party's proposal also includes the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and Tin Oo which is, in essence, within the purview of the previous call for the release of all the arrested members of NLD in connection with the Depayin incident on May 30, 2003. Though most of the detainees have been released some still remain under detention, U Lwin said.

Another demand is for the authorities to allow NLD to reopen its party offices throughout the country.

U Lwin emphasized that there are now positive developments in terms of the NLD Central Executive Committee being recently permitted to meet twice with two other detained members -- Aung San Suu Kyi and Tin Oo -- and a chance to submit proposals for reforms that would contribute to NLD's participation in the National Convention. He also said the prospects for a brighter future of Burma look much better than before.

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