Detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said she believes Myanmar’s ruling junta has the will to end the country’s decades-long political crisis, as she met senior members of her party for the first time since 2004.
Suu Kyi told colleagues she is “very optimistic” about the prospects of holding a dialogue with the junta, said Nyan Win, a spokesperson for her National League for Democracy party. Taking advantage of an opening fostered by the mediation of a UN envoy, Suu Kyi met for an hour with three top executives of her party on Friday, as well as with the government’s “minister for relations” Aung Kyi who serves as a liaison officer to her.
Suu Kyi looked “fit, well and energetic like before. She is full of ideas,” said Nyan Win, who attended the hour-long meeting at a government guest house. Suu Kyi was brought there from her home nearby where she is kept under house arrest.
Their meeting, from which public and press were kept well away, was permitted by the government after UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari on Thursday completed a six-day visit to Myanmar to promote a dialogue between the ruling junta and Suu Kyi.