Suu Kyi renews push for six-party talk

Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson of NLD seen in a parliament session (Photo-EMG)

The government should hold a six-party talk before discussing constitutional amendment, said Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of National League for Democracy (NLD) during a press briefing before the parliamentary session on January 29 in Nay Pyi Taw. 

In response to questions from reporters, she said: “We should hold a six-party talk. Whether it is held or not is depends on the president. But I want to be clear. I think it should happen sooner rather than later. In a democracy, the government must welcome such discussion.”

Union Parliament Speaker Thura Shwe Mann urged President Thein Sein on January 22 to hold a six-party talk sooner rather than later.

In a formal letter, the speaker urged the president to hold a six-party talk between the president, the lower house speaker, the upper house speaker, the chairperson of the NLD, a representative for all ethnic groups and the commander-in-chief of the defence services in order to discuss amending the constitution to make it more applicable to the current state of affairs in Myanmar.

President Thein Sein sent a response to parliament on January 19, saying: “Such a meeting would be good as long as it represents all people, including civic organizations and political forces.”

The Constitutional Review Joint Committee will submit a bill to amend the constitution to the 12th session of the parliament as the committee collected the support of 20 per cent of MPs, said committee secretary Aye Mauk.

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said she would not accept any meetings that are put on just for show. She said she would only accept genuine talks and continued to push for national reconciliation.