Myanmar junta refuses to amend charter barring Suu Kyi from polls
( AFP ) - Myanmar's ruling junta Friday flatly refused to amend its proposed constitution, which bars democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from elections, while accusing a UN envoy of "bias" against the regime.
The information minister, Brigadier General Kyaw Hsan, made the remarks during his meeting with visiting UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari, according to state television.
Gambari arrived here Thursday on a mission to press the regime to include Aung San Suu Kyi in its plans to hold a constitutional referendum in May and multiparty elections in 2010.
Any hopes for progress in his talks appeared dashed by the information minister, who gave no indication that the regime would waver from its own plan to build what it calls a "discipline-flourishing democracy."
"It is impossible to draft the constitution again," Kyaw Hsan flatly told Gambari, according to state television.
The minister also made a scathing criticism of Gambari's performance as a mediator, accusing him of "bias" in favour of Aung San Suu Kyi for releasing a letter from her after his last visit here.
In the letter, she had declared her willingness to enter into a dialogue with the regime aimed at national reconciliation.
"You have acted outside your role as a mediator" by releasing the letter, Kyaw Hsan said.
"Most people have criticised you for showing a bias. Some also believe that you wrote this letter in advance and released it after negotiations with Ms Aung San Suu Kyi," the minister said.
"The statement you released was a danger that could have harmed the recent peace and stability of the country," he said.
"It is important for the mediator using good offices not to have any intention of orchestrating events," he added.