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Detained Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has requested a meeting with the chief of the country's ruling military.

The Nobel peace laureate wrote a letter to the military government on November 11 asking to meet reclusive Senior General Than Shwe.

On Sunday, U.S. President Barack Obama offered Burma the prospect of better ties with Washington if it pursues democratic reform and frees political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi.

Last month the opposition leader met with a minister from the ruling regime, and in September she made a formal offer to the government to help negotiate with Western countries to lift sanctions.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been under some sort of detention for 14 of the last 20 years.

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