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Suu Kyi to release ‘procedure for the nation’

Nov 12, 2009 (DVB), Detained Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is soon to release a statement reportedly offering constructive guidelines for a better future in Burma, her party spokesperson said.

Nyan Win, spokesperson for the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, met with Suu Kyi yesterday and said the statement would be released on 17 November.

"Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has outlined a work procedure beneficial for the nation and we drafted [a statement] based on it," he said. [Yesterday] we had an approval from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on the statement."

He added that the statement had been submitted to the NLD's central executive committee for final approval before it is released.

Further details of what is contained in the statement are unknown, but Nyan Win said it was something "that could bring a positive outcome" for Burma, which has been under military rule for nearly five decades.

Elections are due in the country next year for the first time since 1990, when the junta refused to honour the NLD's landslide victory.

The party is yet to announce whether it will participate after criticizing the 2008 constitution for appearing to guarantee continuation of military rule.

Nyan Win said he also discussed with Suu Kyi plans to renovate the lakeside compound in Rangoon where she has been kept under house arrest for 14 of the past 20 years.

"We talked about negotiations with authorities to gain permission for an architect and construction workers to enter her house after a renovation plan has been approved by the government municipal," he said.

The house, on Rangoon's University Avenue, is in a dilapidated state, and was recently the subject of a dispute between Suu Kyi and her estranged cousin, Khin Maung Aye, over ownership.

Suu Kyi's meeting with senior United States' delegates in a Rangoon hotel last week was the first time she has appeared outside of either the house or Insein prison since last being placed under house arrest in 2003.

Reporting by Htet Aung Kyaw


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