Sunday, October 14, 2007

Junta threatens to dissolve NLD

Information Minister Brig-Gen Kyaw Hsan on April 26 accused the National League for Democracy of having links with terrorist groups and exiled dissident organizations.

He said the government had enough evidence to declare the NLD an unlawful association, but did not have immediate plans to dissolve the party.

The minister also turned down an NLD proposal to convene a parliament with the winners of 1990 elections, in turn for recognition of the junta as a de jure government. Brig-Gen Kyaw Hsan said NLD no longer enjoyed popular support in the country, and the government had no plan to talk to the opposition party.

This is the first time a junta minister officially spoke about the NLD's proposal. The articles in the state-run newspapers have already rejected overtures by the NLD as unrealistic.

But NLD spokesman U Nyan Win thought the junta was finding excuses as they do not want to respond to NLD's offer. The elections have already clearly shown the level of support NLD has among the Burmese, he told the BBC.

So, tell us what you think? Does the junta really intend to dissolve the NLD? Doors to the dialogue now shut and the two sides now drifting farther apart without any chances of achieving national reconciliation? What can the NLD do now?