Military and opposition: Dialogue and confrontation
The impasse between the democratic opposition led by ASSK and Military regime has stalled the democratisation process in Burma for over 2 decades. Observers believe that the confrontation is more than a struggle of power, but a fight for personal security. The unwillingness of the military to relinquish power stems from an insecurity about its future after a change in government. The insufficient preparation in addressing conditions of the transfer of power and the role of the military instigated the long standing struggle between the regime and opposition.
Since the run up to the 1990 elections, both sides have launched vicious attacks against the other. While the NLD has managed to pressure the regime through international pressure, economic sanctions and people power, the military has more successfully suppressed the NLD and inhibited their activities. Over the course of 20 years the two sides have tried initiating power sharing talks with the aid of the Good Offices of the UN Secretary General, however these have yet to bear fruit in achieving national reconciliation.
The personal animosities between ASSK and military leaders have been known to complicate relations. In the past the junta had claimed that the question of the Aung San Suu Kyi's participation was blocking negotiations.
Points of Contention
Annulment of 1990 Elections
Suppression of opposition
Arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi
Military’s democratic intent
NLD and Military regime