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Renegades from Suu Kyi's party deny (r)
- Subject: Renegades from Suu Kyi's party deny (r)
- From: ramyint@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 13 May 1999 02:31:00
Subject: Re: Renegades from Suu Kyi's party deny splitting Myanmar opposition
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First of all, who is Tin Tun Maung and Hla Soe?? The status of
Daw Aung Sann Suu Kyi and U Tin Oo are technicalities that may be
important to SPDC and a few but not to the democratic forces.
Stay together and keep fighting. We must win.
Richard Aung Myint
Julien Moe wrote:
> Renegades from Suu Kyi's party deny splitting Myanmar opposition
> May 11, 1999
> Web posted at: 2:57 AM EDT (0657 GMT)
> YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Eight renegade members of Myanmar opposition leader
> Aung San Suu Kyi's political party denied Tuesday that they are working for
> military intelligence in an attempt to split the group.
> Suu Kyi and other leaders of the National League for Democracy have branded
> them as traitors for producing a petition calling on party leaders to
> reconsider policies which the renegades said have led to a standoff with the
> military government.
> The controversy is a rare sign of dissent within the beleaguered opposition
> in Myanmar, also known as Burma, which has been ruled by the military in
> various guises since 1962.
> While the military regularly vilifies Suu Kyi in its state-run press and
> public statements, challenges to the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner from
> within her party are rare.
> "We submitted the proposal to perpetuate the existence of the party, and not
> to destroy its unity," Tin Tun Maung, one of three party members who drafted
> the petition, said at a news conference at the Yangon home of a fellow party
> "We did it in the best interest of the party, with our own free will and
> under the influence of nobody," he said.
> They cited in particular Suu Kyi's attempt to convene the parliament that
> was elected in 1990 in a poll that the NLD won by a landslide. The three
> petition drafters were elected then.
> The military government refused to honor the election. After attempts to
> persuade the military to open a dialogue with her and other NLD leaders
> failed, Suu Kyi said the party would convene the parliament in September of
> last year.
> The military responded by detaining nearly 1,000 party members at what it
> called government guest houses. It also shut down NLD offices around the
> country and said that thousands of party members had voluntarily resigned.
> NLD leaders said the resignations were coerced.
> Either way, Tin Tun Maung said, the resignations "don't bode well for the
> future of the party."
> Of Suu Kyi, Tin Tun Maung said: "I think she wanted compromise, but those
> around her were against it."
> The renegade petition was signed by 25 party members, most of whom diplomats
> in Yangon said were under detention in government guest houses at the time.
> The renegades said the main goals of their petition is to break the deadlock
> between the party and the military.
> Hla Soe, another NLD lawmaker, said dialogue between the party and the
> military could have taken place long ago if Suu Kyi and Vice Chairman Tin Oo
> were content to let other NLD leaders carry it out while obeying their
> instructions from the sidelines.
> "Tin Oo and Aung San Suu Kyi were expelled from the party when they were
> under detention and the government does not recognize them as legal party
> leaders," he said.
> Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest and Tin Oo sent to Insein Prison from
> 1989-95 for their roles in attempting to restore democracy in Myanmar. Since
> their release, party members have voted to restore them as general secretary
> and vice chairman and empowered them to negotiate with the government.
> The military passed a law while the pair were under detention forbidding
> political parties from enlisting new members or changing their officers.
> Therefore it does not recognize Suu Kyi and Tin Oo as legally representing
> the NLD.
> Neither Suu Kyi nor Tin Oo could be reached for comment. The military
> government places some restrictions on their movements and discourages
> journalists from contacting them.
> Copyright 1999 The Associated Press.
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