Burmese government appoints minister for liaison with Daw Suu

Oct 9, 2007 (DVB), The Burmese government has appointed a liaison officer to facilitate relations with detained National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

According to an announcement in the state-run New Light of Myanmar, United Nations Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari recommended the appointment of a liaison officer during his recent visit to Burma.

Deputy Minister for Labour Aung Kyi has been assigned the post of Minister for Relations.

Senior general Than Shwe, the leader of the Burmese military regime, told Mr Gambari during his visit that he would meet in person with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi if the NLD leader dropped her support for sanctions against the regime, among other preconditions.

A foreign correspondent based in Rangoon believes signs are hopeful for dialogue between the two sides.

"It seems like the dialogue is really going to happen," he said.

Reporting by Nay Htoo

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