14 Feb 2011

Tragic end forecast for Suu Kyi and party

3:15 pm on 14 February 2011

State media in Myanmar have published their first direct criticism of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi since her release from house arrest shortly after elections in November last year.

A commentary in state newspapers says that if Ms Suu Kyi and her party will "meet their tragic end" if they insist on supporting western sanctions. No further details were given.

Commentary published in state-run newspapers accused Ms Suu Kyi, 65, and the banned National League for Democracy of "going the wrong way".

It said they had been "ignoring the fact that today's Myanmar is marching to a new era, new system and new political platforms paving the way for democracy".

The BBC reports the commentary also accused the NLD of being "big-headed" for sticking to "the weapon of sanctions until it gains power."

On a more conciliatory note, it invited Ms Suu Kyi and the NLD to co-operate in building what it called a democratic nation, without saying what form this co-operation might take.