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Burma's Opposition Leader Meets Government Liaison

Aung San Suu Kyi (file photo)

Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has met with the government liaison minister in charge of contact with her.

Officials say the detained pro-democracy leader met for about 20 minutes with the official, Aung Kyi, in Rangoon on Friday. The contents of their discussion were not disclosed.

The liaison minister last met with Aung San Suu Kyi on December 9 to inform her that she would be allowed to meet with senior members of her party, the National League for Democracy. She met with them a week later.

The National League for Democracy won a decisive victory in Burma's last election in 1990, but the military refused to recognize the results.

The military government that has ruled Burma since 1962 has set elections for an unspecified date this year. The NLD has not yet declared whether it will participate in the elections.

The international community has urged Burma to permit opposition and ethnic minority groups to participate in the election.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been under some form of detention for 14 of the past 20 years. Military authorities have also jailed hundreds of politicians, journalists and activists critical of the government.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.