No Hope for Suu Kyi from Ban’s Trip: NLD Leader
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to visit Burma on Friday and Saturday, and there’s little hope for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from the trip, said a prominent Burmese opposition leader.
Ban plans to focus on three issues: the release of Suu Kyi and other political prisoners; the resumption of dialogue between the junta and opposition as a necessary part of national reconciliation process; and to create a condition conducive to credible elections in 2010, according to a UN press briefing on Monday.
Commenting on the trip, Win Tin, a prominent leader of the main opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) said that the international community has achieved little in the way of real progress toward national reconciliation.
“Therefore, I do not expect Daw Aung San Suu Kyi would be released during or after Ban Ki-moon’s trip,” he said. “But it’s because the junta has failed to response to the international calls.”
Win Tin, who spent 19 years as a political prisoner, told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday that he welcomed Ban’s trip.
“I agree with Mr Ban Ki-moon’s agenda: release of political prisoners and dialogue for national reconciliation. But I want to point out that Burma’s problem now is about its constitution rather than the election,” Win Tin said.
“So we need to review this unjust constitution first and then talk about the election. That will be more reasonable for the country’s democracy process,” he said. Continue reading “U Win Tin,“Therefore, I do not expect Daw Aung San Suu Kyi would be released during or after Ban Ki-moon’s trip,” he said. “But it’s because the junta has failed to response to the international calls.””