NCGUB conference draws to a close

Jan 28, 2009 (DVB), A three-day strategic conference in Dublin, Ireland, held by the National Coalition Government for the Union of Burma and representatives from Burmese democracy organisations overseas ended on Monday.

NCGUB minister Bo Hla Tint told DVB that conference participants had discussed how to find solutions to key issues in Burma such as establishing a basic constitution, relieving economic problems and providing humanitarian aid.

Bo Hla Tint said the group had brainstormed ways to achieve freedom for detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners, revise the 2008 constitution, convene a people’s parliament and bring about dialogue.

They also discussed how exile groups could provide support to help achieve these objectives.

The conference also agreed to prepare an appeal letter to Ban Ki-moon to call for the formation of a committee to revise the 2008 constitution.

"We will mainly ask Mr Ban Ki-moon for his encouragement in developing a political process where people are recognised and suggest the international community all participates together," Bo Hla Tint said.

Dr Naing Aung of the Forum for Democracy in Burma said all the conference participants had agreed to reject government’s seven step road map for democracy.

Reporting by Than Win Htut

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