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Burmese presidential spokesman Ye Htut said a proposal by the National League for Democracy (NLD) calling for a quadripartite meeting to discuss constitutional reform between the president, the military, the parliament and itself as Burma’s main opposition party should wait until the parliamentary Joint-Committee for Reviewing the Constitution releases its report.
“Amending the constitution is a matter that concerns all the citizens of Burma and all 58 official political parties, not only the NLD,” said Ye Htut. “Discussion of the matter should be all-inclusive.
“The Union Parliament’s Joint-Committee for Reviewing the Constitution is set to present its report in December and debating the matter ahead of time through alternative means could lead to discord with the report’s findings,” he said. “I believe that the president and the commander-in-chief should wait until the report comes out before considering a meeting, not only with the NLD but with other parties.”
NLD spokesman Nyan Win hit back at Ye Htut’s statement, claiming there were not sufficient grounds to reject the proposal, and saying that the party is yet to receive an official letter of response from the government.
“We sent the proposal because we think the meeting can and should take place,” said Nyan Win. “We don’t think [Ye Htut’s] answer was sufficient. We are aware of the existence of the Committee but amending the constitution is a political requirement but not a legal requirement. We all know what the legal requirements are – but just citing that alone is not a good enough reason.”