SPDC might release Daw Aung San Suu
DVB, February 10
The Foreign Minister of Burma’s military junta, State
Peace and Development Council (SPDC) U Win Aung said that
the constitution drafting ‘National Convention’
would be convened either in the first or second part of 2004
and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi could be released before that event.
U Win Aung, who has been attending a meeting of Asian foreign
ministers at Phuket, Thailand told reporters that the offices
of National League for Democracy (NLD) could be reopened before
the convention. He also said that there have been regular
contacts with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi but he didn’t elaborate
on the nature of the contacts.
Nevertheless, U Soe Myint, the temporary spokesman of NLD
told DVB that the SPDC has been inconsistent with reports
regarding contacts with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the road
map plan. He also said that it is time the regime release
all NLD leaders and political prisoners to decease the tension.
On the other hand, Pu Cin Shin Thang, the spokesman of United
Nationalities Alliance (UNA) which is made up of 9 election
winning political parties said that he doesn’t believe
the words of the SPDC foreign minister.
He told DVB that there is no shadow of an action by the junta
to discuss the matter with the opposition and he insisted
that the vagueness of the junta on the time frame is an attempt
to dawdle and divert people’s attention from Dipeyin
A Burmese critic, U Aung Naing Oo said the junta keeps on
moving political goal posts for the oppositions depending
on the success of ceasefire talks with the Karen National
Union (KNU). And he warned that the convention would not be
successful without the participations of the NLD and UNA and
the situation in Burma could deteriorate and become more complicated.
Other critics and observers believe that U Win Aung is merely
on the charm offensive as there is no evidence that the regime
is doing anything positive to improve the political climate