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Burmese Opposition Leader Appears on Front Page of Official Paper

Burma's state-controlled press has given front-page coverage to detained opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, ahead of a visit by a U.N. human rights specialist.

The official New Light of Myanmar newspaper Saturday published a photograph of the dissident figure with a representative of Burma's military government alongside an article about Friday's meetings.

Aung San Suu Kyi met Friday with General Aung Kyi, the newly-appointed "minister for relations" with the opposition leader.

She was also allowed to meet with members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) for the first time in more than three years.

After the meetings, Aung San Suu Kyi issued a statement saying she is "optimistic" about the prospects for national reconciliation.

On Sunday, the U.N.'s special envoy on human rights in Burma, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, is scheduled to arrive in the country.

Amnesty International called on Burma's government to cooperate with Pinheiro and criticized what it called the government's "grave human rights violations."

Thursday, the detained opposition leader issued a statement saying she is ready to cooperate with the military in a dialogue and welcomes United Nations mediation efforts.

U.N. special envoy Ibrahim Gambari is headed for New York, where he will brief U.N. Security Council members about his trip to Burma this past week.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.