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Registration Begins for Burmese Constitutional Convention - 2004-05-13


Delegates have begun registering for Burma's upcoming constitutional convention, but the country's pro-democracy opposition remains undecided on whether it will attend.

Burma's military government has ordered all participants in the convention, which begins Monday, to register today (Thursday) and Friday.

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

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

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

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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