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Suu Kyi led ‘fact-finding’ meeting with diplomats

Oct 9, 2009 (DVB), A meeting today between Western diplomats and Aung San Suu Kyi focused mainly on discussing Western sanctions on Burma, a UK embassy spokesperson said.

Diplomats from the UK, the US and Australian met with Suu Kyi at a government guesthouse for around one hour this morning.

"It was essentially a fact-finding meeting on the part of Aung San Suu Kyi to try and understand what the situation is regarding sanctions," UK embassy spokesperson Alex Page told DVB.

"All three of the visitors basically outlined the situation of the government's concerned, and explained why the sanctions have been imposed, what the time-scale was, and what the sanctions actually implied."

He added that he was unclear what the next steps would be, or whether another meeting was likely to take place.

A spokesperson for the US embassy in Rangoon, Drake Weisert, confirmed that sanctions were discussed, but said "we do not want to pre-empt Aung San Suu Kyi’s discussions with the authorities by discussing the details of the meeting".

Several news sources quoted Andrew Heyn, the UK ambassador to Burma who was at the meeting, as saying Suu Kyi was on "remarkable form".

The opposition leader was sentenced in August to 18 months under house arrest. The conditions of her detention place heavy restrictions on contact with outsiders, although Suu Kyi has met twice with Burma government liaison officer Aung Kyi in the past week.

A spokesperson for the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, Nyan Win, said that three diplomats had briefed party members about the meeting this afternoon.

"The diplomats said they told Daw Aung San Suu Kyi that they would try their best to provide her with the details on the sanctions on Burma," he said.

"In my opinion, [recent events] have shown that cooperation between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the junta is in development."

Reporting by Francis Wade and Htet Aung Kyaw


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