Suu Kyi to hold more talks with Myanmar regime

Myanmar is now ruled by a nominally civilian government but its ranks are filled with former generals.

Yangon: Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung
San Suu Kyi will hold another round of talks with the new
army-backed government, her spokesman said on Thursday, following
signs of a thaw in relations.

Friday`s meeting with labour minister Aung Kyi in Yangon
will be the third since the Nobel Peace Prize winner`s release
from seven straight years of house arrest last November,
shortly after a widely criticised election.

The opposition leader also met President Thein Sein, a
former junta prime minister, in the capital Naypyidaw last
month, one of several tentative signs that the regime is
reaching out to its opponents.

Myanmar is now ruled by a nominally civilian government
but its ranks are filled with former generals and the country
still has about 2,000 political prisoners.

In an interview with a news agency earlier this month, Suu Kyi said
there had been "positive developments" in Myanmar, but added
that it was unclear whether Thein Sein would be able to carry
through his reform pledges.

Her spokesman Nyan Win said Friday`s meeting with Aung
Kyi , the former liaison between Suu Kyi and the junta, would
take place at the State Guest House, but he gave no
information about what might be discussed.

The 66-year-old dissident`s National League for Democracy
(NLD) party won a 1990 election but was never allowed to take
power.

Last month the daughter of Myanmar`s liberation hero
General Aung San travelled unhindered on her first overtly
political trip outside her home city since being released from
detention, addressing thousands of supporters.

The international community has called for a number of
reforms in Myanmar including the release of political
detainees and an end to rights abuses, particularly against
ethnic minorities.

PTI

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