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Aung San Suu Kyi Meets With Burmese Official


Aung San Suu Kyi Meets With Burmese Official

Aung San Suu Kyi Meets With Burmese Official

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Burmese officials say opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met Saturday with Labor Minister Aung Kyi.

The two last met in January of 2008. Details of Saturday's talks were not revealed.

The 45-minute meeting at a government guest house came a week after the Nobel laureate sent a letter to military government leader Than Shwe offering suggestions about how to get Western sanctions against the country lifted.

On Friday, lawyers for Aung San Suu Kyi said a district court in Rangoon upheld her conviction for violating the terms of her house arrest.

She was sentenced in August to an extra 18 months of house arrest for allowing an uninvited American man to stay at her home without official permission.

The U.N. human rights expert for Burma, Tomas Ojea Quintana, said Friday that by extending her house arrest, Burma's government has missed an opportunity to prove its commitment to holding inclusive elections.

During the appeal hearing, Aung San Suu Kyi's lawyers had argued that the laws she was sentenced under were based on a defunct constitution and were therefore invalid.

One of her lawyers, Nyan Win, says the case will be appealed to a higher court.

As the verdict approached Friday, military-ruled Burma was facing intense pressure, especially from the United States, to free Aung San Suu Kyi. On Wednesday, the U.S. held its highest level talks with Burma in nearly a decade.

Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won Burma's last elections in 1990 but the military ignored the results.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner has been under some form of detention for about 14 of the last 20 years.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.


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