Junta to Dialogue sign now

GENERAL THAN SHWE
Head of State of Myanmar
Commander in Chief of the Tatmadaw and
Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC)

Dear General Than Shwe,

In the name of justice and peace, we support the call for an inclusive DIALOGUE among leading political groups and organizational representatives with the junta government. The 2010 elections is not the answer for a democratic change in Burma, nor will it lead to national reconciliation. Issues continue to remain unresolved which needs a dialogue.

For one, we recall the landslide victory of the National League for Democracy (NLD) which won 82 percent of the parliamentary seats during the May 27, 1990 general elections. The election results remain a victory the people of Burma will cherish. The victory persists as hope that lingers in the hearts and minds of the people. The 1990 elections remains to be the legitimate will of the people that have been thwarted by the military junta when it refused to recognize the results of the 1990 elections. We take note of the fact that elected representatives were not allowed to convene in Parliament and many of those elected were arrested, tortured, or dismissed. NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi was put on house arrest in May 2003 until now.

Dialogue to recognize the 1990 elections. Yet hope for democracy and justice continue to persist. Aung San Suu Kyii along with other 2100 political detainees continues to hope for democracy while in jail. As she said, вHolding a new election without recognizing the 1990 election results is like playing a dangerous game with the countryвs future. That is why we cannot accept a new election.в The Shwe Gon Daing Declaration issued by the NLD in April 2009 called for the transfer of power to the elected members of Parliament in the 1990 elections

Dialogue to release all political prisoners. We also support the Shwe Gon Daing Declaration attended by a number of pro-democracy and rights activists which called for the release of all political prisoners. There are now 2100 political prisoners which increased from 1000 plus after the Saffron Revolution in 2007. This means the democratic movement is growing and the people are restless yet hopeful for a free and democratic Burma.

Dialogue to review the 2008 Constitution. To resolve issues on the 2008 Constitution which had been approved during the May 2008 Referendum under fraudulent and coercive instances, we forward the need for a review and amendment of some of its questionable provisions. As noted, the 2008 Constitution has undemocratic provisions, preserves the status quo, and does not provide ethnic equality for the many ethnic minorities residing in the country.

For one, we call attention to the provision of the 2008 Constitution which ensures 25\% legislative seats for personnel of the defense Services as nominated by the Commander in Chief. This means the 2008 Constitution provides for military authoritarian rule and legitimacy of the Generals to stay in power. Such is a form of government defeats the purpose of a democratic society for people to freely enjoy living in their country. With the intention of the junta to stay in power, the SPDC is trying to get the ethnic armed groups to the Border Guard Force (BGF). However, the ceasefire groups are not willing to be absorbed into the BGF.

Dialogue for ethnic equality. We support the major call for ethnic equality which has been suppressed for a long period of time. A Federal Constitution for the Union of Burma as envisioned is drafted by the Federal Constitution Drafting Committee (FCDC) in answer for a democratic Constitution. Having reached its second draft, the envisioned Federal Constitution provides for Member States to formulate their own Constitution and exist in harmony with the Union of Burma through the principle of power sharing.

Call for International support. We inform you of our wish to call for international support to call on the military junta to hold a dialogue and not to support the 2010 elections if meaningful dialogue is not granted.
With the above, we reiterate and appeal for your attention on the need for an inclusive DIALOGUE to resolve issues between and among political groups and sectoral representatives with the government for a peaceful, progressive and democratic Burma.

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