Statement National League for Demoracy-NLD-26.march 2012

NLD Seeks Election Talks with KIO ” Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), asked permission on Monday from the Burmese government and the country’s Union Election Commission (EC) to engage in talks with the rebel Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) over security conditions in the northern state.“We want to negotiate with the KIO and would like the government or the EC to help with this,” said the NLD statement. “We believe that it is possible to run elections in the three constituencies.” Burma’s state-run television broadcast an announcement on Friday by the EC saying that voting for the three vacant seats in Kachin State—Phakant, Moe Kaung and Ba Maw—was being postponed because “security conditions are not conducive to conducting a free and fair by-election.”

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