Detained Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met the leaders of her National League for Democracy party for the first time in three years on Friday, amid hopes that talks with the junta may start soon.
leader Aung San Suu Kyi met leaders of her party on Friday for
the first time in more than three years as hope flickered she
and the junta may start talks on political reform.
(NLD) spokesman Nyan Win said. He gave no details of the two
hours of discussions but said the 62-year-old Nobel laureate,
who last met her party colleagues in May 2004, "looked quite
arrest, also had a second meeting with General Aung Kyi, a
go-between appointed as a result of world outrage at
September's bloody crackdown on democracy protests.
Gambari after his second visit in a month, Suu Kyi described
her initial contact with Aung Kyi as constructive and said she
was ready to work with the military to establish proper
with the government in order to make this process of dialogue a
success," she said in her first public comments since her
latest period of detention began in May 2003.
for national reconciliation with the correct cooperation of the
U.N. Secretary General" also gave cause for hope, despite the
army's litany of broken promises during its 45 years of rule.
some new ploy," a roadside book vendor in Yangon said.
hold general elections that they then ignore. They are not
famous for sticking to their words," said Dominic Faulder, a
journalist in Bangkok who has covered the former Burma for 20
day, once, they will be wrong."
visit since the crackdown in which at least 10 people were
killed, were not good.
a tirade from Information Minister Kyaw Hsan, who accused the
U.N. of being biased, meddling and subject to the whim of
establish a path to "substantive dialogue" between the generals
and Suu Kyi, who won a 1990 election landslide at the helm of
the NLD only to be denied power.
headquarters in New York next week.
keep the pressure on a regime that thrives on isolation and has
so far been impervious to outside influence.
surprise breakthrough, Suu Kyi's statement alluded to regular
contact between her and the junta, or State Peace and
Development Council (SPDC), as it calls itself.
conclude soon, so that a meaningful and time-bound dialogue
with the SPDC leadership can start as early as possible," she
U.N., in which it also rejected Gambari's proposal of three-way
talks with himself and Suu Kyi, left diplomats dispirited.
intention of cooperating with Gambari or of starting a process
of genuine political dialogue," one Yangon-based diplomat said.
"It's beyond them."
top U.N. resident diplomat he was being expelled for linking
August's fuel price protests to the dire state of the economy,
one of Asia's brightest prospects on independence from Britain
revolt against military rule since 1988, when the army crushed
an uprising with the loss of an estimated 3,000 lives.
Date created : 2007-11-09