CRPP rejects junta's election challenge

Jul 10, 2008 (DVB), U Aye Thar Aung of the Committee Representing the People's Parliament has said CRPP members have no interest in participating in the 2010 election announced by the junta.

Aye Thar Aung is secretary of both the CRPP and the Arakan League for Democracy and an ethnic people's representative.

He was speaking in response to a call in the state-run New Light of Myanmar for the National League for Democracy to "join hands with the people and then stand for the 2010 election in line with the laws instead of longing for the result of the 1990 election".

The article dismissed the NLD's victory in the 1990 election as "illegal" and said it was obsolete now that the military regime's new constitution has been enacted.

Aye Thar Aung said the regime had not directly approached CRPP members about contesting the election.

"We still have not heard anything from the government about us participating in the elections," he said.

"Besides, we are not interested and we are not in a position to participate in the elections."

The CRPP secretary said he did not believe the military regime was going the right way about bringing democracy to Burma.

"We are not interested in the elections because we do not see either the recent referendum or the upcoming elections as the necessary procedures for Burma," Aye Thar Aung said.

"The real necessary step is to develop national reconciliation to bring a true democratic system to our country."

Aye Thar Aung called instead for trilateral talks to bring about national reconciliation.

"The SPDC rulers should sit around a table with the National League for Democracy and the ethnic parties and discuss how to lay out guidelines for the future," he said.

Reporting by Htet Aung Kyaw

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