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Burmese Opposition Calls on Military to Recognize 1990 Elections - 2004-05-28


Burma's pro-democracy opposition party has marked the 14th anniversary of its victory in national elections by again calling on the country's military government to honor the results.

Foreign diplomats joined members and supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy in Rangoon to commemorate the party's victory in 1990, which the military government never recognized. The pro-democracy party won more than 80% of the vote.

Party chairman Aung Shwe said Burma's military government has no choice but to convene the country's parliament and accept the will of Burma's people. He told reporters that those who deny the win do not want change or reform.

Government officials are holding a constitutional convention, which they claim is part of plans to restore democracy to the country. But the NLD is boycotting the event, in part because the military government refuses to release Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest.

Britain said Thursday that the convention lacks credibility and called for compromise from the military government. Foreign Office Minister Mike O'Brien said Aung San Suu Kyi does not want to stage a takeover but instead strives for national reconciliation.

The Nobel laureate was taken into custody last year following clashes between her supporters and a pro-government mob in northern Burma.

Information for this report is provided by AP and Reuters.

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