Myanmar\'s military rulers have decided to resume in December the next session of constitutional talks on their self-declared \"road map\" to democracy, which have been internationally condemned as a sham, state media said yesterday.
\"The National Convention will resume on 5 December, 2005, in Nyaunghnapin camp in Hnawby township\" outside Yangon, convention head Lieutenant Thein Sein was quoted by the New Light of Myanmar as saying.
The talks, the first of seven steps on the junta\'s \"road map\" to democracy, were suspended on March 31 after more than 1,000 delegates met for six weeks.
Handpicked delegates at the National Convention have discussed drafting a new constitution on and off for more than a decade.
Analysts in Yangon yesterday, who declined to be named, said they believed the government would not rush delegates to finish the talks in one session, because only three of 16 chapters of the constitution had been approved.
Information Minister Brigadier General Kyaw Hsann earlier this year also said delegates should meet for only two-month periods, so they could attend to business, an analyst added.
The European Union, the United States, the United Nations and human rights groups consider the proceedings a sham because they have been boycotted by the opposition National League for Democracy of Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under her latest stint of house arrest since May 2003.
The NLD won a landslide election victory in 1990 but was never allowed to take power. It has declined to join the constitutional talks until its leadership including Aung San Suu Kyi is released from house arrest. #