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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 971

NCGUB Says Military's 'Democracy' Plan 'Nothing More Than Political Ploy'

The plan announced recently by General Khin Nyunt to revive the national convention, draft a constitution, and hold elections following a national referendum is nothing more than a political ploy to ease mounting international pressure and prolong military rule.

This was said by the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB) in a statement released to the press. The full text of the statement is given below:

This is the same political game that the generals have been playing for the past 14 years, and, if the new proposed plan is accepted at par value, it will be tantamount to wholesale legitimization of military oppression, massacre, and brutality in the country.

The main reason that the national convention got suspended was not because the National League for Democracy (NLD) withdrew from it as accused by General Khin Nyunt. The NLD had informed the military authorities about the undemocratic practices and lack of proper representation at the convention and had sought talks to thrash out the matter. Instead of responding to the NLD, the authorities gave a deadline for the NLD to rejoin the convention and later unilaterally suspended it.

The generals merely want to use the national convention as a tool to draft a constitution that gives legitimacy to ensure that the military continues to play an overwhelmingly dominant role in Burma's political future at the expense of the people.

A convention of national importance should be an inclusive process with proper representation and conducted in a democratic manner under an unbiased authority. SPDC's convention dominated by military commanders and delegates selected by the military is only there to rubber stamp SPDC's own ideas.

Besides, the SPDC has no credibility to be announcing a "roadmap" after massacring NLD supporters and members at Tabayin on 30 May and keeping elected democratic leaders and representatives, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, under detention.

Prime Minister Dr Sein Win said, "We cannot accept any political process which excludes the role of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD. A common course of action has to be sought through a tripartite dialogue. SPDC has neither the legitimacy nor the support of the people to dictate or impose a political process, particularly on a political party like the NLD which has the mandate of the people through the 1990 elections.”

The National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma is convinced that the recent changes in the SPDC and its cabinet as well as the “roadmap” floated by the SPDC are acts of desperation by the generals who are trying to prolong military rule in the face of international pressure. The situation calls for the Burmese democracy movement and the international community to step up their demands for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the other NLD leaders and for a United Nations-mediated and internationally supported plan for democratization in Burma to begin immediately.

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