NLD issues statement focusing on reform process that does not go ahead

The opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) on January 13 issued a statement focusing on the reform process that does not go ahead as a consequence of the administration sector’s interference in the judicial sector and of being unable to deal with corruption.

Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the NLD, met President Thein Sein, Union Parliament Speaker Thura Shwe Mann, Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and the ethnic ministers at the Presidential House in Nay Pyi Taw on January 12.

The meeting focused on pushing democratic transition and reform process, holding of political dialogues reflecting national reconciliation based on peace process, successful holding of the free and fair election in 2015, the emergence of political process with transparent transition and political stability in the interim period. 
Suu Kyi discussed the point of pushing democratic transition and reform process. She pointed out that (1) lack of desire in the reform process (2) regarding the constitutional amendment; the Union Government does not have a wish to amend the Constitution and does not take into consideration of the people’s desire (3) lack of attention to the rights of individual person (4) lack of measures in sustainable development for the farmers (5) the government continues practicing centralisation and lack of cooperation with the parliament (6) the government is unable to control corruption (7) the administrative sector interferes in the judicial sector (8) the Union Government has not arranged to hold a six-party talk in accord with the approval of the Union parliament, the statement said.

Regarding the holding of political dialogues reflecting national reconciliation based on peace process, Suu Kyi said that the peace process and national reconciliation should be carried out in parallel. The six-party talk capable of witnessing national reconciliation should not be shunned, the statement said.
Regarding the peace process, Suu Kyi said that the NLD has laid down political frames and so have other political parties. As soon as the ceasefire is finalised, the NLD is ready to present its political frames. To be able to start holding essential dialogues to help the national reconciliation is of great importance. It is difficult to regard the current-holding meeting as the crucial one. The government should hold politically essential dialogues as soon as possible. Holding political dialogues can contribute much to the peace process, the statement said.

Suu Kyi added that the most important points are to hold free and fair elections in 2015 and amend the Constitution through the people’s desire to design transparent reforms and political process, the statement said.

The government needs to stay away from bias for ensuring free and fair elections. The Union Election Commission is required to stop behaviors that are not conformity with rules and regulations. The administrative sector needs to avoid favoritism over political parties, the statement said.

With the purpose of settling Myanmar’s political crisis, the NLD demanded a four-party talk including the President, Suu Kyi, Thura Shwe Mann and the military chief once in 2013 and another in 2014, but in vain.

Similarly, the Union parliament approved to hold a six-party talk in November in 2014, but it has not appeared yet. The government held a 14-party talk on January 12, but it is just a showcase.