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Suu Kyi meets diplomats

world Updated: Oct 09, 2009 11:21 IST

Myanmar's junta leader has allowed detained Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to meet Western diplomats to discuss sanctions imposed against the military-ruled country, government officials said on Friday.

The Nobel Prize winner, who remains under house arrest, was driven to a government guest house to meet with diplomats of the United States, Great Britain and Australia, according to the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the press.

Suu Kyi sent a letter to junta leader Senior Gen Than Shwe on September 26, stating her willingness to cooperate with the military government to have the sanctions lifted and seeking permission to meet with Western diplomats in order to understand positions of governments that imposed the sanctions.

After the letter, Myanmar Relations Minister Aung Kyi met with Suu Kyi twice within a week. The second meeting took place on Wednesday.

Details of these talks have not been disclosed.

The 64-year-old democracy icon had previously welcomed sanctions as a way to pressure the junta to achieve political reconciliation with the pro-democracy movement.

The movement has insisted on concessions from the government if they are to work together, particularly the freeing of political prisoners.