Suu Kyi :China should discuss Myitsone issue only with president

22.may 2013 emg

Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi told China to deal directly with the government if they wish to resume the controversial Myitsone project.

Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and Lower House MP, conveyed the message during a meeting with the media held in Parliament in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.

Eleven Media Group reporters asked Suu Kyi about her comments as Chinese embassy officials have frequently demanded the resumption of the Myitsone dam project in Kachin State in meeting with the NLD members.

“What I want to say is that the Myitsone issue should be put forward to President Thein Sein only. I don’t know why the Chinese government officials have asked us.” Suu Kyi said.

President Thein Sein announced the suspension of the project, which was being built on the Ayeyawady River near Tanphe village, about 7 kilometers downstream of the confluence, in September 2011.

He sent a message to Parliament in September 30, 2011, saying the Myitsone dam project would be suspended during his presidency on grounds of social and environmental impacts.

The NLD leader also told the reporters that she would submit a proposal to the constitution amendment commission for making some amendments to the constitution.

When it comes to the ethnic issue, Suu Kyi highlighted more transparency in the peace process between the government and ethnic armed groups. She also pointed out the weakening judiciary sector due to the interference by the executive sector.

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