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29 November 1995
The following are the letters by U Aung Shwe, chairman of the NLD 
concerning the  
National Convention and  by  Khun Tun Oo, chairman of Shan Nationalities 
League for  
Letter by  U Aung Shwe to U Aung Toe, chairman of the National Convention 
U Aung Toe 
Working Committee of the National Convention Convening Commission 
Subject:         National Convention 
Reference: NLD's Statement dated 27 November 1995; reference No. 
1. The National League for Democracy, with emphasized  respect, would 
like to make a  
special request to reply to the views of the Working Committee of the 
National Convening  
Commission upon the points stated in the attached statement as soon as 
2. As the NLD is especially in favour of the successful implementation of 
the National  
Convention, we would like to inform you again that the NLD is ready to 
participate in  
building up a genuine multi-party democratic state in accordance with 
principles for the benefit of the nation and its people. 
3. The delegates representing the NLD will attend the National Convention 
Session held on 28 November 1995 with an expectation that the authorities 
responsible for  
conveningthe National Convention will provide them with its views upon 
the points  
mentioned above at the session. 
Sd/ Aung Shwe 
National League for Democracy 
On behalf of the NLD delegates attending the National Convention in the 
Political Parties  
Syndicate and the Elected Representative Syndicate. 
Unofficial Translation 
(official seal of the SNLD) 
To Senior-General Than Shwe 
State Law and Order Restoration Council 
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi 
General Secretary 
National League for Democracy 
26 November 1995 
An appeal for National Reconciliation 
1. The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) aiming at the 
benefits of the  
state and its nationals and at the immediate emergence of peace and 
development of the  
counry much expected by the people, hereby submit this appeal with 
2. It is found that the goal to build a genuine multi-party democratic is 
an indifferent and  
common aim of the majority of the people and various organizations. If 
there is a common  
aim, we believe that there will be no difficult to cooperate and to hold 
dialogue. We also  
believe that various organization are now carrying out their tasks, 
keeping national  
reconciliation as one of their aims. In accordance with these objectives, 
the SNLD will  
actively join  hand and work for national reconciliation as well as for 
peace an tranquillity  
of the state. 
3. under the present political situation arising in the nation, the 
people in the whole country  
is eagerly expecting national reconciliation amongst ethnic groups as 
well as amongst  
various organizations. We believe that only the solution resolved through 
political means,  
which is the peaceful means for the entire union, will be able to achieve 
genuine national  
reconciliation and peace. 
4. We should always keep an eye on peace, development and improvement of 
lives in various states and regions. We believe that it is time to give 
priority to this fact. 
5. It is the duty of every citizen in the Union of Burma to work for 
national reconciliation  
and for the emergence of the stable and everlasting union and every 
citizen I to strive for it  
without exception. Shan nationalities have never wanted any events that 
would create  
differences between one another since the time before independence and 
this policy of ours  
remains the same to this day. 
6. Hence we hereby request and appeal sincerely that it s time to strive 
for national  
reconciliation in ordr to build a genuine democratic union much expected 
by the people  
throughout the country. 
sd/- Khun Tun Oo 
Shan Nationalities League for Democracy 
NC will be going on without NLD, Slorc official announcement 
        According to the 11:00am news from the Burmese Broadcasting 
Service in  
Rangoon on 29 Novemeber 1995, the National Convention will be keep going 
on without  
the participation of the  NLD. On 27 November, NLD Chairman U Aung Shwe  
sent a  
letter addressed to U Aung Toe, Chairman of NC Convening Committe, asking 
to discuss  
with the NLD their views on the National Convention and again on 28 
November another  
letter was sent asking for a response to their request. On the same day 
the NLD sent its'  
third letter saying that the NLD would not attend a National Convention 
that is not based  
on democratic principles.  In this letter, the NLD proposed that the 
National Convenion  
Convening Committee should abolish all Convention regulations that are 
not democratic,  
to allow NLD to elect its new representatives  to the National Convention 
and to work for  
the holding of dialogue in order to work on these issues. 
        According to the BBS (Burmese state-owned station) news, the NLD 
is trying to  
destroy the benefits and fruitfulness of the on-going  National 
Convention with destructive  
tactics. It is also trying to convene another national convention in 
which they can direct the  
representatives to work only for their party's benefit. The National 
Convention Convening  
Committee belives that the, so-called "NLD leader", keeps asking to hold 
a dialogue  
without any means of control so as to give commands to the government.  
After the NLD  
did not get a response from the government, they stepped up their 
campaign in order to  
destroy the National Convention. Their actions and intentions are not to 
work for the  
benefits of the state but for their own party's benefit. Their action 
also ignores the national  
interest of Burma.  The National Convention Convening Committe will never 
give up its  
noble duties to the nation. The National Convention will be going on as 
scheduled, based  
on the success that the National Convention has achieved, with the 
participation of  other  
groups even  without the participation of NLD representatives, the news 
ABSDF News Agency 
ABSDF's statement on the NLD's boycott for the National Convention 
        The ABSDF warmly welcomes with our heart-felt congratulation to 
the decision  
and announcement by National League for Democracy (NLD) saying that NLD 
would not  
send its delegation to the on-going National Convention. It decision was 
expressed in the  
letter sent to U Aung Toe, chairman of the National Convention Convening 
on November 28, 1995 signed by  U Aung Shwe, chairman of  NLD. 
        The ABSDF also takes into account the patience of NLD until the 
last minute to  
hold a dialogue with Slorc after they pointed out the lacks of democratic 
ways and means  
in the National Convention and lack of moving towards ever-lasting peace. 
        The rightful decision of NLD could gain the continuous support by 
the people to  
their party and also could clearly constitute the leading role of NLD in 
the struggle for  
democracy in Burma.  This decision also could cease the people's 
long-time frustration on  
NLD for taking a time and could pave the way of cooperation and unity 
opposition forces fighting against the Slorc military dictatorship. 
        Slorc is still ignoring and decrying the will of Burmese people
and NLD. In the announcement issued National Convention Convening
Commission today, the commission said that NLD was trying to destroy the
benefits and fruitfulness of the on-going National Convention with
destructive tactics and also trying to convene another national convention
in which they could direct the representatives to work only for their
party's benefit. The National Convention Convening Committee furthermore
unreasonably accused that so- called "NLD leader", kept asking to hold a
dialogue without any means of control so as to give commands to the
        According to this announcement, it is clearly be noted the Slorc's
intention that does not recognize the will of the Burmese people and the
leading role of NLD which is representing a people-elected party.  The
accusation which said NLD is trying to convene another national convention
in which they could direct the representatives to work only for their
party's benefit is their denial to convene the National Assembly of the
1990 election.  It is also a violation of their official Declaration No.
1/90 in which the Slorc states that it is the duty of the elected
representatives of the people to draw up a constitution.  The Slorc
believe that the on-going National Convention which entirely controlled by
themselves is just and right. The response to the NLD's repeated request
to hold a dialogue meeting as no means and as to give commands to the
government clearly expresses their dictatorial reckless views. 
        We have to forge ahead with restless effort to make Slorc 
understand that their  
doomsday will come anytime and their basis of power is not supported by 
the people. The  
ABSDF hereby express its strong determination to oppose the National 
Convention that is  
attempting to prolong the power in the hands of military dictatorship.  
Also the ABSDF  
would like to urge the Burmese people to oppose the national Convention 
participation of the majority of the people-elected representatives 
during the 1990 election. 
        Until and unless the Slorc ignores the call for dialogue, we 
would like to urge the  
people to show the support for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her struggle for 
democracy and national reconciliation by doing non-cooperation in the 
Slorc's national  
Convention process. 
        Also we would like to ask the representatives of the political 
party and other  
representatives of the different groups from the National Convention to 
boycott  the on- 
going Convention with the respect to the will of people and their own  
        For the international community, the ABSDF would like to call on 
the international  
pressure to implement the 1994 United Nations General Assembly's 
resolution urging  
Slorc to respect the result of 199 May election. 
        Also we would like to request the foreign investment companies 
and donor  
countries to Burma not to  deal any investment with Slorc and not to give 
any assistance  
until and unless Slorc is moving towards the democratization and national 
         The ABSDF have the sympathy and understanding that Slorc might 
take some  
action against their dissidents but we have to take risk with sacrifice 
to achieve freedom  
from the oppression. We would also like to urge that success can be 
achieved with unity. 

ABSDF Central Committee 
29 November 1995.  
November 29, 1995 
Alert on the students activities inside Burma 
        After the Daw Sung San Suu Kyi and her party NLD's statement on 
22 November  
1995 concerning the Ntional Convention, students and youth inside Burma 
have launched  
their activities in public. 
        Last three weeks ago, at St. Mary high school in downtown 
Rangoon, a young boy  
student painted a slogan across the school saying military dictatorship 
get out. 
        On 24th November,  a statement as issued by a group of 23 veteran 
(called Dead Tiger). Some of them who signed the statement are : Bo Mu 
Aung, Thakin  
Chit, Khin Aung (BCP), U Chit Maung and Thakin Lwin (ex-defense minister 
of Aung  
San). They asked the Slorc to move towards the national reconciliation 
and have dialogue  
with the democratic forces. 
        On 28th November, at 10:00am ( the same time National Convention 
started) at  
Wayluwon monastery nearby University avenue in Rangoon, a gathering of 
around 60  
people came to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Rangoon University. Those 
were from the NLD, High School student Union, and the University Students 
Union. The  
ceremony started with the arrival of the Sayadaw who prayed with the 
congregation. Then  
four students came to the front and started a ceremony. Statements from  
New Generation  
of the Students Union, and Democratic Association of Youth and Students 
(DAYS) were  
given out to the crowd.  Then they awarded Aung San as a historic 
honorable university  
student award.   Min Zeya (chairman of All Burman  Federation of Student 
ABFSU, Makatha and released from his time in the prison) and Maung Maung 
Wan (also  
a leader of student union and was a prison since 1988 and released last 
year) were the  
organizers of this ceremony. ( the names should be withheld.) 
        Students are planning to have a special activities during the
1-5th December in Rangoon marking the Golden Jubilee of Rangoon University
( the same Jcelebration will be organized by the Slorc). So far there is
no arrest except the three NLD Youth in front of the Daw Aung San Suu
Kyi's house.