Suu Kyi Rejects Conditions, Won't Meet Junta

Opposition leader rejects talk conditions
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2007 1:19 PM CDT
Suu Kyi Rejects Conditions, Won't Meet Junta
A protester wearing a mask of detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, raises a sign reading "Stop Arrest and Committal " during a rally to protest the ruling junta's recent crackdown against pro-democracy demonstrators, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, in Taipei, Taiwan. About 200 Taiwanese braved...   (Associated Press)

Aung San Suu Kyi will not meet with Burma's ruling junta, which insists that she soften her anti-regime position as a condition of scheduling talks. The opposition leader said in a statement today she will accept no conditions, the Guardian reports: “The success of a dialogue is based on sincerity and the spirit of give and take.”

Gen. Than Shwe agreed to meet Suu Kyi, hoping for “smooth relations"—but also said she isn’t likely to be released soon. The two met only once before, and their 2002 talks were a failure; Than Shwe reportedly hates his rival and will not allow her name to be spoken in his presence. (More junta stories.)

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