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Japanese officials say a top Burmese official has suggested the
military regime could ease restrictions on opposition leader Aung San
Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest.
The officials quote Burma's
prime minister, General Thein Sein, as telling a group of Southeast
Asian leaders Saturday that authorities could relax the current
measures against Aung San Suu Kyi if she, in his words, "maintains a
Aung San Suu Kyi has in the past supported
international sanctions against Burma as a means to pressure the
military regime to restore democracy. But recently, she said she is
willing to work with the government to get the sanctions lifted.
this month, Aung San Suu Kyi discussed the issue with a Burmese
government official and was then allowed to meet with U.S., Australian
and British diplomats.
Southeast Asian nations are meeting in
Thailand to discuss a range of issues, including human rights, as they
seek to form a regional political and economic bloc by 2015.
Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last month urged Southeast Asian
nations to put pressure on Burma to release all of its political
prisoners and start a dialogue with the opposition ahead of next year's
Burma's military regime has held Aung San Suu Kyi
under some form of detention for 14 of the past 20 years. Her house
arrest was extended by an additional 18 months in August for allowing
an uninvited American man to stay at her home without official
The international community has denounced Aung San
Suu Kyi's conviction, accusing the military of using it as an excuse to
prevent her from participating in next year's elections.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.