National League for Democracy
Aspiring towards the construction of a democratic union of Burma,
the National League for Democracy wished to cooperate in the National
Convention organized by the SPDC. Therefore the NLD intimated to the
authorities the following minimal conditions that would enable the
party to participate in the National Convention.
(1) The "six objectives" should be regarded merely as sugges-
tions to be considered in the drafting of the constitution.
(2) The "104 principles" too should be regarded as suggestions
be considered for the drafting of the constitution, not
as binding principles.
(3) At the time when the NC was previously held, all political
parties, including the NLD, should be able to choose their
own representatives freely.
(4) All NLD
offices sealed since 30 May 2003 must be reopened
and party signboards restored where they have been forcibly
(5) U Tin
U, vice-chairman of the NLD and General Secretary
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi must be released from detention.
(6) There was agreement with the authorities with regard to
point (3)above, but with regard to the others -
(7) While it was indicated that in connection with point (1)
and (2),there may be discussions through syndicate meetings,
there has been no clear declaration of how the authorities
intend to handle these issues.
(8) The authorities did not agree to conditions (4) and (5).
The NLD does not believe that under these circumstances it will
be able to benefit the nation by participating in the National
Convention. Therefore it has been decided that the NLD will not
attend the National Convention.
C E C
May 14, 2004.
[Source: Scan of a jpeg version of the statement]