A. The Constitutional Framework -- Underlying Principles
& Basic Conditions
Points from the CRPP
17. Recommendations in Agricultural Rights
35. Burma has no external enemies and yet has had an on-going civil war since 1947, the longest in the world. There are white areas, gray areas and black areas based on the security level. There is major narco-trafficking. There are ceasefire groups and non-ceasefire groups and paramilitaries. The large number of internally displaced and the continuous outflow of refugees into all the neighboring countries since 1962 attests to the fact that the security situation is severely eroded. Civilian control of the military is important and needs to be instituted immediately.
36. The CRPP Policy Vision stresses civilian control of the military. It states that (civilian appointed) chief of armed forces "needs consideration whether the position should be on a par with the senior-most personnel in other ministries or not." It proposes time limits on the post of Supreme Commander. "The State Defense and Security Council is to take over for the Directorate of Military Intelligence. . . . The Defense must be of a high standard, modern, honorable and ready to protect Democracy and be at one with the People."
43. The CRPP recommends
Power sharing is possible. It is not a zero sum game but can be a growing economic pie. Everyone is likely to do better in a developing political economy.
We hope this Strategic Action Plan will be of use in negotiations for the Freedom of Burma and the Burmese People asit moves to a democratic system and a market economy.