Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Suu Kyi healthy but concerned over absence of rule of law in Burma

By Than Htike Oo

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, still under house arrest, is healthy but is concerned over the absence of rule of law in Burma.

The Nobel Peace Laureate expressed her concern to her colleagues – the five members of National League for Democracy (NLD) party Central Executive Committee' (CEC) - during the 15-minute meeting with them at Seinle Kantha government guest house in Rangoon on Monday.

"The first message is about her health situation. She is healthy. The second point is intra-party affairs. Regarding these, Daw Suu said that she supported the party CEC on their current position and on their political attitude, political stand, political history among others," U Win Tin, a party leader, told Mizzima.

"The third message she gave us is on 'the rule of law in Burma'. She pointed out that the most crucial factor in Burma is the rule of law. She also said that this is the prime work we have to do," he added.

After the meeting with CEC members -- Aung Shwe, Than Tun, Thakin Soe Myint, Nyunt Wai and Hla Pe, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi had a meeting with UN special envoy Mr. Gambari separately along with her five CEC members which lasted about one and-a-half hours.

They reiterated their position to the visiting UN envoy regarding putting pressure on the Burmese regime to release all political prisoners, reviewing the new constitution, honouring the 1990 general election results and convening parliament on its basis.

Mr. Gambari arrived in Burma on January 31 on a four- day visit and he first met junta's Foreign Minister U Nyan Win and officials of UN offices and UN agencies in Rangoon.

Subsequently, he met the junta's Relations Minister Aung Kyi, Information Minister Brig. Gen. Kyaw San, Minister of Health Dr. Kyaw Myint, Referendum Commission, junta-backed 'Union Solidarity and Development Association' (USDA) and Rangoon based diplomats.

On the final day of his visit, he met junta's Prime Minister Lt. Gen. Thein Sein and left Rangoon today.

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