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Suu Kyi meets with Western diplomats

Oct 9, 2009 (DVB), Detained Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met today with three Western diplomats at a government guesthouse in Rangoon, a UK embassy spokesperson confirmed.

The meeting follows on from talks held on Wednesday between Suu Kyi and the Burmese government liaison minister, Aung Kyi.

Diplomats from Australia, the United Kingdom and United States were reportedly present at the guesthouse this morning.

The rare meeting was the result of a letter sent last week by Suu Kyi to junta leader, Than Shwe, UK embassy spokesperson Alex Page said.

"[The letter asked] for a meeting to take place between her, the EU representative (i.e. the British ambassador), the Australians and the Americans to discuss the subject of sanctions," he said. "At the moment we have no indication of what was said at the meeting."

United States embassy spokesperson Drake Weisert said: "We look forward to hearing directly from Aung San Suu Kyi her views regarding the situation in Burma".

"While we welcome the opportunity to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi, we continue to urge Burmese authorities to release her and all other political prisoners from detention immediately and without condition."

The letter sent by Suu Kyi to Than Shwe reportedly urged dialogue between the two on the lifting of sanctions on Burma.

Nyan Win, lawyer for Suu Kyi and spokesperson for the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, said he was unaware about the details of Wednesday's meeting between Suu Kyi and Aung Kyi.

On whether the move was a signal of change from the junta, he said "I don't know but at least we can call this a start".

The initial talks on Saturday last week was the first time that Aung Kyi, who was assigned as an interlocutor between the government and Suu Kyi, has met with the opposition leader since January 2008.

Reporting by Francis Wade


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