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Suu Kyi meets again with junta official

Oct 8, 2009 (DVB), Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met for the second time yesterday with a government liaison officer, a party spokesperson said.

The talks come five days after Suu Kyi first met with the Burmese government's liaison officer, Aung Kyi.

National League for Democracy (NLD) party spokesperson Nyan Win confirmed yesterday's meeting, but was unable to divulge details of what was discussed.

"We think today’s meeting was a follow up to the previous meeting," he said, adding that he didn't know whether this was a sign of change from the junta, "but at least we can call this a start".

The first meeting between Suu Kyi and Aung Kyi came shortly after the detained opposition leader requested dialogue with junta leader Than Shwe over the lifting of international sanctions on Burma.

The United States announced last week that it would begin direct engagement with the regime, after years of a failed isolationist policy. Washington confirmed however that sanctions would remain in place.

Lawyers for Suu Kyi yesterday said they would be taking an appeal over her house arrest to Burma's central court, after the first appeal was rejected last week.

Nyan Win said that a letter had been sent by the lawyers to authorities requesting a meeting with Suu Kyi to discuss the next appeal, but no response had yet been received.

Reporting by Htet Aung Kyaw


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