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Suu Kyi expects further meetings with junta

Oct 19, 2009 (DVB), Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said she expects more meetings to take place between her and the government liaison minister to discuss the lifting of sanctions, her lawyer said.

Suu Kyi met with her lawyers on Friday at the end of a fortnight in which she held two separate meetings with junta liaison minister Aung Kyi and Western diplomats.

It was the second time in a month that Suu Kyi has met with Aung Kyi. The initial meeting between the two on 3 October was the first time that Aung Kyi, who was assigned as interlocutor between her and the government, met with the detained opposition leader since January 2008.

Friday's meeting was primarily to discuss her pending court appeal, although lawyer Nyan Win said that Suu Kyi expected to meet with Aung Kyi again, as well as a possible meeting with senior members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party.

Specific details of the NLD leader's meeting with Aung Kyi have been kept quiet, although it is believed to be linked to a letter sent by Suu Kyi to junta chief Than Shwe urging for dialogue between the two over the lifting of international sanctions on Burma.

Nyan Win told DVB that the two discussed "the impact of the sanctions, and how to go about carrying out the tasks that were mentioned in the letter".

Suu Kyi has also agreed to allow lawyers to present an appeal over her house arrest to Burma's Supreme Court after it was rejected earlier this month by a Rangoon prison court.

A draft appeal is currently being prepared, according to Nyan Win who expects it to be filed within the next seven to ten days after receiving approval from Suu Kyi.

Suu Kyi was sentenced in August to 18 months under house arrest following the visit of US citizen John Yettaw to her lakeside compound in May.

Reporting by Htet Aung Kyaw


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