First dialogue between Myanmar new gov't and Aung San Suu Kyi paves way for future co-op (2)

13:25, July 26, 2011      

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The meeting between U Aung Kyi and Aung San Suu Kyi, which signified the first dialogue between the new government and Aung San Suu Kyi, lasted for over an hour.

U Aung Kyi, also Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, was former Liaison Minister in charge of then military government's relations with Aung San Suu Kyi and they had met for nine occasions during the period of the previous military government.

Aung San Suu Kyi, 66, was last released from house restriction on Nov. 13, 2010, six days after Myanmar held a multi-party general election on Nov. 7, 2010.

The talks between the pair also took place six days after Aung San Suu Kyi attended the annual 64th state-sponsored ceremony in Yangon last Tuesday, Myanmar Martyrs' Day, commemorating fallen national heroes including her late father General Aung San in historical fight for independence.

The state ceremony, which Aung San Suu Kyi attended for the first time after a new government was installed, was followed by a mass march to the Martyrs' Mausoleum, led by her. The march, which involved about 3,000 people, met with no government intervention.

Suu Kyi made her first visit outside Yangon to the ancient city of Bagan earlier this month after a new government was established on March 30.

Her National League for Democracy (NLD) rejected to re-register as a political party for entering the last November general election and according to the party registration law, the NLD lost legal stand as a political party.

The NLD, along with four other old political parties, was subsequently disbanded by the Union Election Commission in September 2010 following the NLD's rejection for the re- registration.

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