Official: Burmese Minister to Meet Suu Kyi

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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A Burmese official said Saturday pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will meet next week with a minister from the country's new army-backed civilian government.

The official, who asked not to be named, said Aung San Suu Kyi and Labor Minister Aung Kyi will meet Monday at a state guest house in Yangon.

Aung Kyi was in charge of relations between the military junta and the Nobel Peace laureate under Burma's previous government.

Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent 15 of the last 21 years in prison or under house arrest, was freed on November 13, a few days after Burma's ruling military government was declared the winner of the first elections held in the country in 20 years.

Western leaders and human rights activists said the vote was neither fair nor free and an effort by Burma's military to put a civilian face on its continued rule.

Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party won elections in 1990, but was never allowed to take power.