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UN chief urges reforms in Burma visit

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-04-30

UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged Burmese president Thein Sein to continue democratic reforms on Monday, ahead of talks with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose party has agreed to end a parliamentary boycott and pledge to protect the constitution.

REUTERS - The party of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi agreed on Monday to end a boycott of parliament and swear an oath to protect the constitution, said party officials, apparently ending a dispute with the government.

Officials in her National League for Democracy party said they could attend from Wednesday.

“As a gesture of respect to the desires of the people and in consideration of the requests made by lawmakers from democratic parties and independent lawmakers, we have decided to attend the parliament,” Suu Kyi told reporters after a meeting of party leaders.

“We will go there as soon as possible and take the oath and attend the parliament,” she added.

Focus on Burma

Suu Kyi is to meet U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Yangon on Tuesday, which is also a public holiday. Lawmakers from her NLD party will therefore travel to the capital, Naypyitaw, for the session on Wednesday, officials said.

The NLD had wanted to replace the words “safeguard the constitution” with “respect the constitution” in the oath sworn by new members of parliament.

 

Date created : 2012-04-30

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