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Burma's NLD Still Undecided About Convention - 2004-05-12


Burma's pro-democracy opposition party says it still has not decided whether to attend next week's constitutional convention, as a deadline for registering nears.

A spokesman for the National League for Democracy says his group is still awaiting a response from the ruling military on the party's demands for procedural changes at the convention. A decade ago, the opposition walked out of a similar convention after complaining that the military was trying to control the discussion.

The National League for Democracy also has demanded that its leader, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, be released from house arrest so that she can participate in the convention. There is no indication whether the military intends to grant that request.

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

The convention is due to begin on Monday. All delegates must register by Friday.

Information for this story is provided by AP, AFP.

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