Foreign Secretary: Dismissal of National League for Democracy appeal in Burma "deeply disappointing"

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The Burmese Supreme Court today dismissed an appeal by Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy, against its dissolution in May 2010 under draconian election laws.

Reacting to the decision, the Foreign Secretary said:

“This is deeply disappointing, if not unexpected, news. Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy have a vital role to play in bringing national reconciliation to Burma. Their exclusion from the political process, along with other opposition and ethnic groups, strips all credibility from the regime’s superficial reforms. There will be nothing to celebrate when Burma’s military-dominated parliament meets for the first time on 31 January.”