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USDP MP, a former colonel, says Suu Kyi not right for peace committee

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – A person who says “Burma” instead of “Myanmar” should not be appointed to the country’s peace committee, a former colonel who is a Union Solidarity and Development Party MP told Burmese lawmakers in the Lower House of Parliament on Tuesday.

Burmese economic adviser Dr. Myint and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi listen to a discussion at a three-day economic forum in Naypyitaw, in this file photo. Photo: Mizzima
Hla Swe said he doubted that such person should be a member of the country’s peace committee who would be negotiating with ethnic armed groups, according to MPs.

Hla Swe, who represents Magway Region Constituency 12, did not mention Aung San Suu Kyi by name, but MPs said they believed he was referring to the opposition leader.

In 1989, the former junta changed the country’s name from Burma to “Myanmar.” In May, Suu Kyi told Radio Free Asia (Burmese service) that she would continue to call the country “Burma” because the former junta changed the country’s name without consulting its citizens.
Regarding the government’s on-going armed conflicts with ethnic armed groups, MP Hla Swe said that a cease-fire agreement had not been reached because the government could not give the armed groups “special privileges.”
Hla Swe also alleged that there were supporters of the ethnic armed groups in the Parliament, an MP told Mizzima.

Last week, Rakhine Nationalities Development Party MP Dr. Aye Maung of Arakan State Constituency No. 1 said the government should invite opposition leader Suu Kyi to be on the peace committee when its formation was being discussed in Parliament.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:48 )  

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