Opposition members request meeting with detained leaders

Sept 22, 2009 (DVB), Senior members of Burma's main opposition party have urged the ruling junta to let them meet with detained general-secretary Aung San Suu Kyi and chairman Tin Oo, a party spokesperson said yesterday.

The letter was sent by the National League for Democracy (NLD) on 16 September, urging the ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) to allow its Central Executive Committee to hold discussions with the two regarding the party's working process.

The government has scheduled Burma's elections for next year, although the NLD are yet to announce whether it will participate.

"We said in the letter that this is an important time for our country and that the NLD needs to meet with [the two] in order to lay the group's policies for the future," said Nyan Win.

"We didn't mention about the elections at all in the letter," he said, adding that the government has not yet responded to the request.

Suu Kyi was in August sentenced to a further 18 months under house arrest, while Tin Oo has been under house arrest since 2004.

Nyan Win said that Suu Kyi was on Sunday allowed to meet with her family doctor Tin Myo Win, who was previously barred from visiting the lakeside compound where she is being held.

"Dr Tin Myo Win and his group were allowed to give Daw Aung San Suu Kyi a checkup yesterday [Sunday]," he said.

"I met with the doctor around 5:30pm that day and he said she was in good health but had low blood pressure."

Suu Kyi was taken to court on 14 May held in a unit inside Rangoon's Insein prison until the verdict was given on 11 August.

The 64-year-old opposition leader has been under house arrest for 14 of the last 20 years, following the NLD's landslide election victory in 1990.

Her renewed house arrest was seen by critics of the junta as a ploy to keep her in detention beyond the 2010 elections.

Reporting by Htet Aung Kyaw

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