Suu Kyi calls for more dialogue with president

Suu Kyi calls for more dialogue with president

Speaking at a public rally in Mon State on Sunday, Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi called for a second round of six-party talks.

“The sexpartite dialogue has started very late,” she told a crowd at Thanbyuzayat, some 40 kilometres south of state capital Moulmein [Mawlamyine]. “We have been calling for this for a long time. Now we are urging President Thein Sein to call a second meeting. I would like to state quite plainly that if the president is serious about solving the problems of the country peacefully, then I would like to remind him that the six-party dialogue should be held frequently and seriously.”

The chairperson of the National League for Democracy was in Mon State for a short tour at the weekend, when she spoke at gatherings in Thaton, Moulmein, Mudon and Thanbyuzayat.

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The first round of sexpartite talks was held on 10 April and involved Suu Kyi; Thein Sein; the two parliamentary chairmen, Shwe Mann and Khin Aung Myint; Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing; and Arakan politician Aye Maung representing ethnic MPs.

A further meeting was scheduled for May, but no update has been offered by the president’s office.

Suu Kyi says her proposed negotiations should include dialogue on a range of issues, including constitutional reform.

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