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Democratic Power Transfer in Burma

Subject: Democratic Power Transfer in Burma Urged

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Re: Democratic Power Transfer in Burma Urged

      SEOUL, Sept 4 (Reuter) - An Asia-Pacific forum in Seoul on Monday
called for a peaceful power transfer from Burma's military government to the
civilian politicians elected five years ago. 

    ``(We) welcome with gladness the unconditionally release from house
arrest of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on July 10, 1995,'' the Forum of Democratic
Leaders in the Asia Pacific (FDL), led by South Korea's veteran opposition
leader Kim Dae-jung, said in a resolution. 

    The resolution, adopted at the end of an FDL two-day conference in Seoul,
urged Burma's ruling military-run State Law and Order Restoration Council
(SLORC) to ``participate in the honorable transformation of Burma's military
into an institution fully resonsible to a democratically elected

    Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was released in July from nearly six
years of house arrest. 

    The participants of the FDL session also called on the SLORC to pursue
dialogue with Aung San Suu Kyi and other democratic political forces in Burma
on a peaceful transfer of power. 

    The FDL, a non-governmental body inaugurated in Seoul last December aimed
at promoting democracy in the Asia-Pacific region, plans another conference
in Manila in early December to discuss possible lessons for Burma of recent
transitions from authoritarian to democratic rule. 

    It said the conference was suggested by Aung San Suu Kyi. 

    ``The FDL has renewed its commitment to work for democracy in Burma by
all peaceful means,'' FDL Secretary-General Kim Sang-woo told reporters. 

Reut07:55 09-04-95

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