published: 17.09.2013, 18:28 | updated: 17.09.2013 19:01:46
Prague - Burmese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi wants the Czech Republic to support further democratisation in Burma, she told a press conference at the close of the Forum 2000 conference today.
Suu Kyi said this is one of the main reasons of her visit to Prague.
She said the present constitution of Burma needs to be changed because it is not democratic.
Suu Kyi said the Czech Republic helped Burma on its road from an authoritarian regime to democracy already in the past and she believes it will remain among its supporters.
On Monday and Tuesday, Suu Kyi met President Milos Zeman, Foreign Minister Jan Kohout and representatives of the Czech parliament, headed by Senate chairman Milan Stech.
Suu Kyi said all the Czech politicians expressed support to her.
She said Burma is now in a situation similar to that of the Czech Republic 20 years ago, but its path is more difficult because it faces problems with ethnic minorities apart from the transition from an authoritarian regime.
Suu Kyi said the Burmese constitution is very hard to change as constitutional amendments need to be passed by three fourths of the parliament, but one fourth of the parliament are members of the military, according to the constitution.
She said her party wants to negotiate with the representatives of ethnic minorities about the issue. It is necessary to decide whether to try to change the current constitution or whether to propose a completely new constitution by the end of the year, she added.
Suu Kyi took part in the three-day 17th Forum 2000 conference of thinkers, politicians and political scientists, which was established by former president Vaclav Havel.
Suu Kyi recalled on Sunday that Havel refused his nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 and proposed her instead.
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