Suu Kyi Still Wants to Meet Myanmar Army Chief
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Suu Kyi Still Wants to Meet Burma Army Chief

Naypyidaw, Burma, Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, constitutional reform, amendments, Shwe Mann, Min Aung Hlaing, Thein Sein

Aung San Suu Kyi sits with ethnic minority leaders and members of the military in Naypyidaw on the annual Armed Forces Day in March. (Photo: JPaing / The Irrawaddy)

NAYPYIDAW — Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will continue to propose a meeting with the commander-in-chief of the armed forces before the national election in 2015.

Speaking to reporters in Naypyidaw, she said she had tried to meet Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing in the past, but her attempt had proven unsuccessful.

“My relations with him have not progressed at all because I have not even been able to meet him yet,” the National League for Democracy (NLD) chairperson said Tuesday. “But I have never given up on something after failing only one time.”

She added that since her release in 2010 from house arrest under the former military regime, and since she joined Parliament in 2012, she has established good relations with President Thein Sein and Union Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann because they have held meetings.

In late November, the opposition leader called for a four-party meeting between herself, Thein Sein, Shwe Mann and Min Aung Hlaing to discussion constitutional amendments. The president turned down her request, saying Parliament’s Constitutional Review Joint Committee had not yet come forward with proposals to change the 2008 charter.

Formed in July and chaired by the deputy speaker of Union Parliament, the 109-member committee is expected to issue recommendations for amendments later this month.

Suu Kyi said she planned to continue requesting a four-party meeting.

“It will be better if we can hold informal discussions about the Constitution in advance. Otherwise, it may be difficult to change the Joint Committee’s decision later, as they may become official,” she said.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate is pushing for changes to the Constitution that would allow her to become president in 2015. The current charter makes her ineligible because her sons hold foreign citizenship.

In a regular speech to the general public on Jan. 1, Thein Sein said he supported changes that would address these eligibility concerns. But he cautioned, “I would like to urge people to be mindful that a political crisis may occur and we may lose possible and practical opportunities if we expect more than what the current political situation can fulfill.”

Suu Kyi’s NLD party is organizing a constitutional talk with members of the public at about the same time that the government’s Union Peace-Making Work Committee plans to meet with ethnic armed groups in the Karen State capital of Pa-an. The opposition leader told reporters Tuesday that she did not plan to join the peace talks but would consider the possibility if she were invited.

“I just want to tell the participants to work together as much as they can to develop a situation in which we don’t need to take up arms to solve problems,” she said.


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6 Responses to Suu Kyi Still Wants to Meet Burma Army Chief

  1. Min Aung Hlaing must be available to Suu Kyi. In a democratic nation, army chief is supposed to be much subordinate to Hlutdaw member who also is leader of opposition party. Min Aung Hlaing must be under the minister of defense. Now, the way Min Aung Hlaing behaves is intolerable. The relic of previous dictatorship is clearly seen here.

  2. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing should meet with Daw Su and discuss future of Military involvement in politic. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing does not need to scare Daw Su and she does not have any weapons and Army behind her.

    Does Than Shwe order Gen. Min Aung Hlaing to avoid meeting with Daw Su?
    I believe so, Than Shwe has told him not to meet with Daw Su.
    There’s no reason for Gen. Min Aung Hlaing does not want to meet with opposition leader Daw Su unless someone has ordered him.
    Former dictator Than Shwe always wants to see divide between Military and peoples of Burma.
    Gen. Min Aung Hlaing loyalty to former dictator Than Shwe should not be blind and deaf. He should be loyal to peoples of Burma instead of Than Shwe. He must reject someone controlling him. Always be yourself Gen. Min Aung Hlaing.

    Gen. Min Aung Hlaing is very important person and he should be actively involving in peace negotiation with ethnic armed groups. I have no doubt ethnic minority groups will want to hear promise come from Gen. Min Aung Hlaing. Also he must support for to change Than Shwe’s Constitution.
    If Gen. Min Aung Hlaing though he is among the Burmese peoples and then he should support for changing Constitution and approve truce and peace agreement with ethnic minority groups.

  3. Ne Win and Than Shwe brainwashed their soldiers for five decades. Even Min Aung Hlaing is like a blind man now. He does not even know he is supposed to serve the people but he is serving his master, Than Shwe. The kings and the government are to serve the people, not a dictator. The mentality of the soldiers including Min Aung Hlaing is slave mentality.

  4. Suu Kyi has tremendous love for the Union. If I were Suu Kyi, I would never want to meet these filthy generals who have committed crimes against humanities. Soldiers committed crimes in the past, they are still committing crimes today under Min Aung Hlaing’s watch. This man(Min Aung Hlaing) does not deserve to meet Suu Kyi. When Suu Kyi is trying to meet this blood-tainted man, I praise Suu Kyi for the heart she has for the Union of Myanmar.

  5. Maung Lu Aye ( Law ) R.A.S.U.1976

    Burmese People’s Icon, International Figure , NLD DASSK proposed to meet Min Aung Hlaing, but her attempt was Unsuccessful. Late November also She tried four-Party Meeting between herself ,Thein Sein , Shwe Mann ,& Min Aung Hlaing , but the President turned down .
    How comes that The Generals have not response appropriately, not honor her Proposal. Such as the Honorable lady / DASSK so much loving by Majority Burmese People & abroad was denied for her Attempt of National Reconciliation.
    DASSK is sympathizing the Sufferings of the People and trying her best, although the Generals are selfishly looking for themselves , and Continue the Resurrection of BSPP , SLORC ,USDP or The Military , No Doubt . And Burma is No Way to the Genuine Democracy that The Western or USA expected. To Prolong of Burmese People under Military Bully-ness,Dictatorship is still going on.

  6. George Than Setkyar Heine

    But he cautioned, “I would like to urge people to be mindful that a political crisis may occur and we may lose possible and practical opportunities if we expect more than what the current political situation can fulfill.”
    I bet Thein Sein is just DOING a sort of HORSE TRADING/BARGAINING STUNT only folks!
    And it is no less a VEILED THREAT to the EFFECT as well that Suu Kyi INSISTING ON MEETING with China chosen C-in-C of the BURMA ARMY COULD CULMINATE in NEGATIVE OUTCOMES for the FUTURE/POSTERITY of the PEOPLE of BURMA.
    Of course in case Suu Kyi gets to meet the guy she will PUSH for CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS and PEACE in the country via SIGNING of CEASEFIRES with the ETHNIC REVOLUTIONARY ARMED FORCES in the UNFC (UWSA and Mong La Shan rebels excluding of course) VITAL for BURMA’S FUTURE, PEACE in the country and PROSPERITY and POSTERITY of the PEOPLE most importantly.
    However, Min Aung Hlaing has NONE of the CARDS (constitutional reforms and ethnic peace) in his hand today as evidenced by his recently publicized speech as well.
    And Thein Sein’s LOBBYING/SAYING to HOLD YOUR HORSES (to Suu Kyi) as well PROVED and REINFORCED the FACT: Min Aung Hlaing led BURMA ARMY WILL REMAIN IN THE POLITICAL PICTURE of BURMA via ARMED MIGHT like IT DID since more than half a century until today, don’t argue people!
    However, Suu Kyi should have at least GUESSED the POINT: Min Aung Hlaing is on LEASH and KEPT AT A DISTANCE as well, hence HOLDING A DIALOGUE with HER is OUT OF QUESTION as well, wanna bet?
    Than Shwe WILL NEVER LET Min Aung Hlaing OFF LEASH and at any time soon as well, trust me.
    “In late November, the opposition leader called for a four-party meeting between herself, Thein Sein, Shwe Mann and Min Aung Hlaing to discussion constitutional amendments. The president turned down her request, saying Parliament’s Constitutional Review Joint Committee had not yet come forward with proposals to change the 2008 charter”.
    See!
    109 member “Parliament’s Constitutional Review Joint Committee” is in place since day one and hence CALLING FOR CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW on the part of Suu Kyi led NLD and ALL OTHERS IN THE COUNTRY and FOREIGN LANDS as well IS IRRELEVANT and UNWARRANTED as well, idiots.
    Suu Kyi SENSING THE FACT has thus MADE KNOWN HER CALL – meet with Min Aung Hlaing who holds the key for that matter as well – to Than Shwe’s ARMY COMMANDER to PLEAD HER CAUSE – constitutional reforms – before the AXE FALLS ( the commission decision) as well.
    “I just want to tell the participants to work together as much as they can to develop a situation in which we don’t need to take up arms to solve problems,” she said.
    The ethnic armed groups as well KNOW the FACT: They could not INVITE Suu Kyi to PARTICIPATE in the PEACE TALKS of course knowing the fact Min Aung Hlaing would OBJECT Suu Kyi’s PARTICIPATION in the PEACE TALKS, any bets?
    Of course Suu Kyi certainly could ADD MUCH CREDIT/CREDENCE on the CONDUCT/OUTCOME of the PEACE TALKS in case she is given a free hand/rein for that matter.
    However, Than Shwe HAS A HIDDEN AGENDA of his own since day one until today: PREEMPT the SERVICES/PARTICIPATION of Suu Kyi and her NLD at all costs in the VITAL MATTERS – peace, stability, justice, ethnic conflicts etc. – and COMMANDEER HER SERVICES only in RESOLVING CRISES and PLAYING SCAPEGOAT PARTS as evidenced in recent past.
    The PUPPET MASTER is ILL AFFORD to ACCORD DUE RECOGNITION much less CREDIT on Suu Kyi since day one until today, that’s the problem with Than Shwe of course.
    Maybe, Suu Kyi WILL MAKE HER DAY, MEET with Min Aung Hlaing when Than Shwe KICKS the BUCKET and the ARMY CHIEF OFF HIS LEASH as well, any bets?
    DICTATORS NEVER GIVE UP/SURRENDER THEIR ILL-GOTTEN POWER and PROPERTY VOLUNTARY of course, lest you guys forget as well.

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