NLD to Announce Policy Stance Next Week
11 November 2009: Burma’s National League for Democracy is expected to announce its official stance on unfolding political developments in the country when it issues a policy statement early next week.
Party spokesman Nyan Win who met with Aung San Suu Kyi early this morning, said that the detained pro-democracy leader has authorized the party’s official policy statement, which will be officially released next Tuesday.
The meeting is the second time since Monday when four members of the legal defense team visited Suu Kyi.
Nyan Win wouldn’t reveal the contents or substance of the statement but said that his discussion with the Nobel Laureate was internal party affairs.
Suu Kyi’s defense lawyer and NLD party spokesman did say that the meeting was also about plans to renovate the lakeside villa in which Suu Kyi is being kept under house arrest.
“After discussion with the Rangoon Special Police Branch, permission has been granted by the Rangoon City Development Committee authorizing the renovation of Suu Kyi’s house,” Nyan Win said.
Nyan Win said that today’s meeting did not focus on the impending appeal to the Supreme Court against Suu Kyi’s earlier conviction. He said that the defense team will submit the appeal within about ten days to the highest court.
The NLD also held a separate ceremony to observe the National Day at its headquarters at 12:30 in the afternoon with an attendance of about 200 party members, including the Central Executive Committee members. The occasion commemorates the 89th anniversary of the movement against British imperial rule in Burma.
In a commemorative statement on the anniversary, the NLP demanded the release of all political prisoners, including its party members, students, monks and ethnic political leaders. It also called for the reopening of all NLD offices and the repealing of executive orders and laws outlawing political parties during the 1990 elections.