Suu Kyi to meet with president, commander-in-chief

Suu Kyi to meet with president, commander-in-chief

Burma’s election winner Aung San Suu Kyi will hold landmark talks with President Thein Sein and Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing in Naypyidaw on Wednesday, according to a National League for Democracy (NLD) spokesperson.

Win Htein told DVB that Suu Kyi will visit Thein Sein at the presidential palace on Wednesday morning, before moving on to a meeting with military chief Min Aung Hlaing at his office that afternoon.

Political analyst Yan Myo Thein said, “My opinion is that the 2 December meetings must truly reflect the interests of all people in Burma – which are democratic reforms and national reconciliation. It must look to outline a political roadmap towards building a democratic federal union.

“Moreover, all information relating to the meetings must be announced to the public in a timely manner, in order to efficiently get on the path to national reconciliation. Building mutual trust, understanding, and political reforms in Burma should be focused on the interests of all people and ethnic nationalities in the country,” he said.

After the landslide victory of her party in polls on 8 November, NLD leader Suu Kyi reached out to the president, parliament speaker Shwe Mann and Min Aung Hlaing to request meetings to discuss the transfer of power to her incoming government, as well as matters of national reconciliation.

Shwe Mann was the first to accept – and attended a meeting with Suu Kyi on 19 November, when they agreed to cooperate on convening the new government in 2016.

Meanwhile, NLD spokesperson Nyan Win assured nationals in Tokyo that the party leader continues to play an active role in the peace process.

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Speaking to Burmese expatriates in the Japanese capital, Nyan Win said, “We have long had plans to talk to all ethnic armed organisations. Leading officials in the signatory groups have been paying frequent visits to our party’s chairperson in recent days. She has been giving them the necessary advice.

“Some people are saying the NLD has no involvement in the peace process, but actually we do, quite actively. In Daw Suu’s words – we wish for peace and a ceasefire as soon as possible,” he said.

He reiterated the NLD’s pledge to form a transparent and fair government.

At the invitation of the Japanese government, Nyan Win is scheduled to spend a week in Tokyo, where he will also meet with Burmese students, as well as meet with members of the Japanese foreign affairs and communications ministries, business leaders, and environmental groups.

 

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