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India Parties urge Junta leader to
India Parties urge Junta leader to withdraw restrictions on Aung San Suu
New Delhi, August 30, 2000
Mizzima News Group (www.mizzima.com)
Political parties of India wrote today to the Burmese military junta to
immediately revoke the roadside blockade imposed on Burma's
pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other supporters outside the
capital Rangoon. In a memorandum sent Wednesday to Senior General Than
Shwe, Prime Minister and Chairman of the ruling State Peace and
Development Council (SPDC) in Burma, five political parties of India
said that they are concerned with the safety and health of Aung San Suu
Kyi and her colleagues who are being stranded at Dallah for seventh
consecutive day today.
The 1991 Nobel Peace Laureate and Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San
Suu Kyi, two other leaders of National League for Democracy (NLD) and 12
supporters were stopped by police in the town of Dallah last Thursday as
they attempted to travel to Kungyangon, 30 miles south of Rangoon, for
party organization work.
Representatives of five political parties - Nationalist Congress Party
(NCP), Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India
(Marxist), Janata Dal (United) and Samata Party - submitted their
memorandum this morning to the Burmese embassy located in Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi. Mr. Manjay Lal, member of parliament " Samata Party" Let
telegation to submit the memorandum. "We call for the earliest
withdrawal of all the restrictions imposed on Aung San Suu Kyi and her
colleagues and we urge the junta to guarantee the fundamental rights of
the citizens", said the memorandum.
The memorandum is signed by Mohan Prakash, General Secretary of Janata
Dal (United), Dr. Shambu Srivastava, General Secretary of Samata Party,
Mr. D. P. Tripathi, spokesperson of Nationalist Congress Party, Bratin
Sengupta (Member of Parliament) from Communist Party of India (Marxist)
and Mr, Soni Thengamom from Communist Party of India.
In a separate statement issued in New Delhi yesterday, the Communist
Party of India said that the restriction on movement of the Burmese
leader is yet another manifestation of the anti-democratic nature of the
ruling clique in Burma. "The CPI extends its fraternal solidarity with
the fighters for democracy in Myanmar (Burma) and urges the ruling junta
to remove all restrictions on the leaders of the democratic movement",
said the statement.