Democracy Leader Meets Burma President

Posted August 19th, 2011 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A Burmese government official says democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi met Friday with President Thein Sein in the administrative capital Naypyidaw.

State-run television showed video of the first meeting between the Nobel peace laureate and Burma's first civilian president, describing the meeting as friendly. It said the two discussed the possibility of cooperation.

Separately, a government source told the Associated Press the meeting lasted almost one hour and described it as “significant.” The source spoke on the condition of anonymity.

A spokesman for Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party also spoke the the Associated Press. Nyan Win said the meeting could be the “first step toward national reconciliation” but declined to elaborate.

Anonymous government officials had said the two met at the presidential palace.

In March, Burma's military regime handed power to a new nominally civilian government led by former general Thein Sein, after nearly half a century of military rule.

Aung San Suu Kyi was released in November from seven years of detention shortly after national elections in which she and her National League for Democracy did not participate.