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Burmese MPs deny collusion with mi

Subject: Burmese MPs deny collusion  with military (BBC World Service) 

Tuesday, May 11, 1999 Published at 13:02 GMT 14:02 UK 
             World: Asia-Pacific
             Burmese MPs deny collusion with military 

             Dissident members of Burma's National League for
             Democracy have angrily denied accusations that they
             are colluding with the military government to sow
             disunity in the party. 

             The NLD leadership had condemned the group of some
             twenty-five elected MPs for drafting a letter calling for
             talks with the military junta and criticising the strategy
             adopted by the party and its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. 

             One of the group, U Than Tun, told the BBC it wanted to
             see the NLD leadership try other strategies to break the
             political stalemate. He also criticised the NLD's
             procedures, which he said were not transparent or
             democratic. But Aung San Suu Kyi responded by
             repeating that the dissidents were obeying the military
             authorities. She said the obstacles facing the NLD made
             it very difficult to follow fully democratic procedures, but
             that it was following decisions taken at the party
             congress held last year. 

             From the newsroom of the BBC World Service