Myanmar`s Suu Kyi to meet breakaway democracy group: Party

Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will meet former colleagues who rebelled against her election boycott and formed a new party to fight the controversial poll, the breakaway group said.

Last Updated: Dec 24, 2010, 00:20 AM IST

Yangon: Myanmar democracy icon Aung San
Suu Kyi will meet former colleagues who rebelled against her
election boycott and formed a new party to fight the
controversial poll, the breakaway group said on Thursday.

The December 30 meeting will be the first held between
Suu Kyi and members of the National Democratic Force (NDF)
since her release from house arrest days after the November
vote, NDF leader Khin Maung Swe said.

"We will explain to her that we formed a party for
national reconciliation, as confrontation is not the way to
achieve democracy," he said.

The NDF was formed by senior members of Suu Kyi`s
National League for Democracy (NLD), which was disbanded for
boycotting the poll.

The breakaway group won 16 seats in the election after
fielding 161 candidates but has complained of widespread fraud
by the junta-backed party, which has claimed an overwhelming
victory.

"I want to meet her as soon as possible. I haven`t
seen her for about two decades already. She was in detention
when I was freed from my prison sentence," Khin Maung Swe
said.

Suu Kyi spent much of the last two decades in
detention and was locked up and marginalised during Myanmar`s
first poll in 20 years.

Her party won a landslide victory in 1990 but was
never allowed to take power.

Suu Kyi told a news agency in a recent interview that she wanted
dialogue with the government and has proposed writing a letter
to Senior General Than Shwe, but has heard nothing from the
junta so far.

Myanmar, which has been ruled by the military since
1962, has been condemned by the West for an election critics
say was a sham designed to shore up army rule.

PTI