Suu Kyi Meets With Junta Liaison

Detained democracy leader talks to Burmese military official
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2007 9:27 AM CDT
Suu Kyi Meets With Junta Liaison
Campaigners wearing masks of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi demonstrate outside the Chinese Embassy in London to mark her 12th anniversary of house detention by the Myanmar ruling military regime, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)   (Associated Press)

Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi today met with the military junta minister in charge of opposition group relations, a day after marking her twelfth year under house arrest, the Guardian reports. Former general Aung Kyi was appointed earlier this month in an apparent concession to international pressure, and spent an hour with Suu Kyi in their first meeting.

Aung Kyi is regarded as relatively reasonable in comparison with other high-ranking junta members, the BBC reports. Though previous attempts at talks between the two sides have failed, a UN envoy last month encouraged the junta to appoint a liaison. The Burmese leadership has also acceded to inspections by a UN human rights investigator, who has been banned from the country since 2003. (More Than Shwe stories.)

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