Written by U Ne Oo on 1998-08-14
AN ADDED NOTE: The response from junta regarding the demand by NLD to convene parliament, so far, have still been nothing extra-ordinary:(1)preventing all elected representatives from gathering in Rangoon and (2)continue refusing to enter dialogue with NLD. The U.N. Secretary-General's initiative to send personal emissaries has also been rejected by Burmese junta--a disapponiting, but not entirely un-expected results.
We might, nevertheless, see some counter moves from junta along the way. One possibility is attacking on the remaining ethnic rebels, such as KNU, as a diversion. The other possible move may be announcing a new election in order to annul the result of 27 May 1990 election. In any casn any case, the pro-democracy forces should use a strategy of opening their door for dialogue all the time. -- With best regards, U Ne Oo.
LETTER TO LIEUTENANT GEN. KHIN NYUNT
Dr U Ne Oo
18 Shannon Place
Adelaide SA 5000
14th August 1998.
Lieutenant General Khin Nyunt
Secretary1, State Peace and Development Council
C/- Ministry of Defence
Signal Pagoda Road
Dear General Khin Nyunt:
I am totally appalled am totally appalled by your council's statement to deny any further responsibility for the safety of Aung San Suu Kyi. While entire nation has been facing a grave situation, this kind of behaviour from your council is childish and irresponsible. It is not in our Burmese culture to threaten one another for any reason and, therefore, you and your council should seek peaceful settlement with the National League for Democracy for current economic and political crises.
Many of current economic and political problems have been generated by the fact that your military council illegally holding onto power with Declaration number 1/90 since the election in 27 May 1990. You must be aware that the previous State Law and Order Restoration Council as well as current State Peace and Development Council are not legitimate governments of Burma and, therefore, having no authority to promulgate laws and make political decisions on behalf of the people of Burma. As a result of this, the international financial institutions, such as IMF and World Bank, do not extend extend their loans and finances to Burma to solve current economic problems. The solution to this problem has already been suggested in my previous letter to Senior General Than Shwe to form a transitional government with your council, SPDC, serving as Executive Branch of the government and the national parliament serving as a Legislature.
Following remedies can be made to improve current situation once the parliament is convened:
The Burma's parliament, with its legitimate authority, can arrange an imange an immediate relief of foreign debt burden on Burma with its creditors, such as Japan and Germany.
The current Cabinet of State Peace and Development Council is not legitimate one and does not have the international recognition. The parliament may endorse the appointment of SPDC's Cabinet on the condition that the cabinet will implement matters in accordance with policy decisions made by the Burma's parliament.
A generous support from United Nations to Burma for the drug eradication program can be expected, once such program get approval by the Burma's parliament.
We will support lifting of economic sanctions from American and Europeans countries once the parliament is successfully convened.
I therefore repeat the request to lift restriction of movement of the elected representatives in order to convene parliament. I also ask you and General Than Shwe to discuss above matters with Central Executive Committee of National League for Democracy so that current political crisis may be solved. Continuing hindrance made by your council to the convening of Burma's parliament will be amounted to obstructing development and peace within the country.
Sd. U Ne Oo.