UN envoy meets Suu Kyi party aides in Myanmar



UN envoy meets Suu Kyi party aides in Myanmar Yangon: The freed deputy of Aung San Suu Kyi's party met a UN rights envoy in military-ruled Myanmar on Thursday and said the release of the Nobel Peace laureate was vital before elections, the opposition said.

UN special rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana held talks in the former capital Yangon with Tin Oo, the elderly vice chairman of Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD), and six other leading party members.

Myanmar's ruling junta freed 83-year-old Tin Oo from house arrest at the weekend. He was detained along with Suu Kyi in 2003 after a pro-regime mob attacked their motorcade, killing dozens of people.

"We had a free discussion with him for one hour. We discussed the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi," Khin Maung Swe, one of those who attended the meeting with Quintana, told agency. Daw is a Burmese-language term of respect.

"We also said that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi should be involved in the future politics and pointed out that (she) should participate in national reconciliation," he said.

Quintana told the NLD members that he had asked to meet Suu Kyi but had had no answer yet from the junta, Khin Maung Swe said.

"He asked us about the election and we said that there was no election law and we haven't met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi so we haven't decided anything yet," he added.

Myanmar's generals have promised to hold elections this year but have not yet set a date, adding to international fears that the polls are a sham designed to legitimise the regime's hold on power.

PTI