Yangon, "summit" between Aung San Suu Kyi and Western diplomats over sanctions
Yangon (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has met with the ambassadors of the United States, Australia and Great Britain. The meeting was authorized by the military junta, which hopes to use the charisma of the International Nobel Peace Prize winner to ease sanctions against Myanmar.
Today's meeting was held in Senile Kantha government building and lasted about an hour, between 10 am and 11 am. The "summit" followed talks on October 7 between the "Lady" and Aung Kyi, the Minister appointed ad hoc by the military to deal with the opposition.
A diplomatic source confirmed that talks "were tightly focused on sanctions" at the end of September, the leader of the National League for Democracy wrote a personal letter to the chief general Than Shwe, expressing her readiness to cooperate with the regime for the removal of international sanctions.
The only condition imposed by Aung San Suu Kyi to cooperate with the junta, was the opportunity to meet with diplomats from the United States, Australia and Britain, to understand the extent and type of sanctions. Washington has made clear its intention to continue talks with the Burmese military dictatorship, while maintaining fines and bans on trading with the country.
The leader of the National League for Democracy is currently under house arrest after being sentenced to 18 months imposed by a Burmese court - upheld on appeal in recent days - for hosting a U.S. citizen who had entered his house. A story that appeared a frame-up, crafted by the regime, to prevent Aung San Suy Kyi from participating in elections scheduled for 2010.