EU Envoys Meet with NLD leaders
14 October 2009: In a sign of increasing Western engagement, a team of foreign diplomats from nine European countries today met with leading members of Burma’s National League for Democracy in Rangoon.
The 20-member European Union delegation was led by Swedish Embassador based in Bangkok, Thailand, and also include diplomats from Spain, Hungary, Netherlands, Finland, Britain, Germany and France.
Sweden currently holds the European Union rotating presidency.
Khin Maung Swe, NLD Central Executive Committee member, said the two-hour long discussion with EU envoys was focused on the issue of Western sanctions and the NLD’s policies on elections etc.
However, he said that the NLD has not decided on whether to participate in the 2010 elections planned by the military regime. He said that decision will be made by the NLD party conference, which will be convened at an ‘appropriate time.’
Khin Maung Swe said that the NLD has agreed to collect detailed relavant data on sanctions as requested by Aung San Suu Kyi during her meeting with diplomats from the United States, European Union and Australia last week.
Six members of the NLD Central Executive Committee were present during the discussion with EU delegation, which lasted from 2:30 to 4:00 pm at the party`s headquarters on Wednesday.