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Myanmar Politics Sept 15

September 15, 2007
NLD calls for dialogue with junta
Myanmar's pro-democracy party on Friday called for dialogue with the ruling military after a string of rare protests led to a government crackdown and the arrest of dozens of its members.

The statement by the National League for Democracy, led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, comes after the military on Sunday threatened action against democracy activists and accused the party of inciting national unrest.

"The expectations of the people, who hope for a change here, will survive if we cooperate by quickly building national reconciliation after holding dialogue," the NLD said in a statement.

The party also denied it was the driving force behind recent protests, sparked by a surprise hike in fuel prices on August 15.

"These demonstrations occurred because the authorities were unable to reach a peaceful resolution, as proposed by the NLD," the group said. AFP/Channel News Asia reports

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