Six-party meeting may materialise soon, MP says

A six-party talk is likely to materialise soon, despite the lack of response to the proposal from the government, said Upper House MP Myint Tun, who submitted an urgent proposal to hold the six-party talk on November 25.

The urgent proposal said: “The emergence of a constitution appropriate to the current age and political system depends on time and circumstances. To create favourable conditions for Myanmar in the present time and the future, the Union parliament is urged to hold a six-party meeting between the President, the Lower Houseparliament speaker, the Upper House speaker, the chairperson of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), the MP representing all ethnic groups and the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services."

"The President's Office has yet to reply to the parliament about this proposal. I have no further comment about it," said a senior officer from the President's Office on January 7.

MP Myint Tun said that although no reply has been received from the President, he believes talks are likely to take place soon after negotiations between representatives from the government side.
With regard to the proposal, Aung San Suu Kyi said there was no reason to object to the proposal for a six-party meeting and that she agreed with the Union parliament's acceptance of it.

The NLD's Central Executive Committee members objected to the idea of a 12-party talk, which was proposed at the Yangon Region parliament. The NLD CEC continues to express a preference for a four-party meeting.

On December 13, Aung San Suu Kyi said she does not want 'window dressing talks' and called for a substantive meeting. She said she would continue to stick to the principles for national reconciliation.

Lower House Speaker Thura Shwe Mann supported Su Kyi's call for a substantive meeting and said the meeting between leaders would bring great benefit to the country.