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Burma Opposition Leaders Discuss Constitutional Convention - 2004-05-08


Senior members of Burma's pro-democracy opposition party have been allowed to meet again with detained party leader Aung San Suu Ky at her home in Rangoon.

A spokesman for the National League of Democracy says the leaders on Saturday discussed whether party members will attend a May 17th constitutional convention. He did not say whether the party will participate.

Last month, after a similar meeting, the party announced it would attend the convention if Burma's military rulers release senior party leaders and allow party offices to reopen nationwide

Party leaders, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, were taken into custody a year ago, following a confrontation between opposition and pro-government demonstrators in northern Burma. Most have been released, except for Aung San Suu Kyi and the party's vice chairman Tin Oo.

A previous constitutional convention in the 1990s fell apart after the opposition walked out, calling the process a sham. Burma's military organized that earlier convention after refusing to give up power despite losing a general election to the National League for Democracy.

Information for this report is provided by AP and Reuters.

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