Saturday, August 13, 2011

'Myanmar NLD must join reconciliation'

Sat Aug 13, 2011 5:19AM GMT

Aung San Suu Kyi stands at the Sein Lei Kan Tha State Guest House in Yangon, Myanmar, on Friday, August 12, 2011.
The Myanmar government has announced that the National League for Democracy (NLD) opposition movement should join a reconciliation process in the country.

Myanmar's Information Minister Kyaw Hsan said on Friday that the government is offering the NLD opportunities to serve the national interest in cohesion, the state-run BBC reported.

The government declared the NLD, which is led by Aung San Suu Kyi, illegal after the party boycotted the general election of last November, which ended almost 50 years of military rule in the country.

“In view of national reconciliation, the government is delicately and carefully handling the issue of the NLD, which has no legal right to exist,” Hsan said.

“If the NLD wants to get involved in politics, it should set up a legal party through formal procedures. The government is doing its best to invite the NLD to its national reconciliation process.”

On Friday, Suu Kyi met with Myanmar's Labor Minister Aung Kyi at the Sein Lei Kan Tha State Guest House in Yangon in an apparent sign of improving relations with the government.

She was put under house arrest after her last political tour in 2003 ended in tragedy when gangs, allegedly sponsored by the military regime, attacked her convoy and killed several NLD supporters. Suu Kyi was released in November 2010.



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