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NLD: Announcement, 5/2/08

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"To achieve equal rights for all ethnic nationalities, the party will strive to find the best solution on the bases of, sincerity, friendship, mutual respect for each other's beliefs, observance of basic human rights, and concurrence with the wish of the ethnic nationalities to promote their literature, culture, and customs. If a special emphasis is placed on the factors mentioned above and a solution is found through cooperation and joint action, the party believes that the objectives of achieving peace in the Union and harmony among the ethnic nationalities will become a reality. We will strive to realize these objectives."

The National League for Democracy
No (97/B) West Shwegondine Street
Bahan Township, Rangoon

The 14th Waning Moon of Pyatho, 1369 Burmese Era
February 5, 2008

Announcement No: 5/02/08

The National League for Democracy was founded with the objective of achieving fundamental human rights and genuine democracy in the Union of Burma. Furthermore, since its inception, the party has stressed the importance of and prioritized the issues of ethnic nationalities. Hence, when the National League for Democracy issued its Policies (draft) in October 1988, the Chapter on Ethnic Nationalities unequivocally stated:

"To achieve equal rights for all ethnic nationalities, the party will strive to find the best solution on the bases of, sincerity, friendship, mutual respect for each other's beliefs, observance of basic human rights, and concurrence with the wish of the ethnic nationalities to promote their literature, culture, and customs. If a special emphasis is placed on the factors mentioned above and a solution is found through cooperation and joint action, the party believes that the objectives of achieving peace in the Union and harmony among the ethnic nationalities will become a reality. We will strive to realize these objectives."

"Since we desire our Union to be economically strong and developed, we look forward to enabling all states to have the freedom to carry out their own economic development work. While upholding the policy that all ethnic nationalities shall fully enjoy their innate rights and the entire Union achieve prosperity, we will strive to implement the right of self-determination of all states."

During her travels throughout the country from 1988 and up to now, whenever opportunities arose, General Secretary Daw Aung San Suu Kyi frequently stressed the importance of ethnic nationality question based on these policies. In the statement about ethnic nationalities released on 8 November 2007, she said:

"----------- in this time of vital need for democratic solidarity and national unity, it is my duty to give constant and serious consideration to the interests and opinions of as broad a range of political organizations and forces as possible, in particular those of our ethnic nationality races."

The general secretary of the National League for Democracy placed importance on and was being responsible and loyal to the interests of the ethnic nationalities and the entire Union. However, we have come to learn from the state-run newspapers in November 2007 that certain parties of some ethnic nationalities protested to her statement and expressed their opposition.

The National League for Democracy understands that expressing one's beliefs, lodging protests, and speaking freely are democratic practices. In the same vein, bilateral talk is also an essence of democracy.

Hence, the National League for Democracy invites those ethnic nationality parties, which have an opinion or belief that differs from the statement made by the general secretary, to come to its headquarters in Rangoon to discuss the matter.

As per the decision made at the meeting of the Central Executive Committee on 4 February 2008,

Central Executive Committee
Rangoon
National League for Democracy

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