22 Jan President's stance on six-party talks ambiguous, says Daw Suu

Written by Soe Than Linn Published in Politics Read 5200 times
Myanmar President U Thein Sein (L) shakes hand with opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (R) before a high-level meeting at the President's residential office in the capital Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, October 31, 2014. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has taken issue with a statement by President U Thein Sein that appears to lack clarity over the proposal to hold six-party talks on the contentious issue of changing the 2008 Constitution.

The National League for Democracy leader said there were some ambiguities in the message of President U Thein Sein that was sent to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on January 19.

"Our party will make an official statement on the message of the President on the six-party talks. I do not want to give further comment at present," Daw Aung San Suu Kyi told the media on January 20.

U Thein Sein's said: "It is an appropriate demand to hold six-party talks led by the President … However, the political dialogue should represent all ethnic people and those from all strata of life to ensure transparency."

President also said that the decision of Yangon Region Hluttaw and the desires of people in Sagaing Region, and Chin and Shan states must be considered in discussions about holding six-party talks.

Controversy surrounds how many representatives should take part in talks on changing the constitution, with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on record as claiming too many players would make the talks unwieldy.

Some Yangon Region representatives said all seven major ethnic groups should be involved in the proposed talks, in addition to other players.

Public opinion appears to be mixed. Local people in Nawngkhio Township, Sagaing Region took to the streets on December 27 in opposition to talks with only six parties involved.

Last modified on Thursday, 22 January 2015 14:07