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Opposition expects ASEAN envoy to meet Suu Kyi

The National League for Democracy hopes that the military junta will allow Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Albar to meet its leader.

india Updated: Feb 28, 2006 16:14 IST

Myanmar's main opposition party said on Tuesday that it expected the country's military authorities will allow an ASEAN envoy to meet its detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a scheduled visit next month.

"We believe that the envoy is also trying to meet with her," Lwin, spokesman of the National League for Democracy (NLD) told the agency.

He added that other members of the NLD leadership were ready to meet Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar, who is being sent as an envoy for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

"We do not think the envoy will ask for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to be released immediately but will ask for dialogue with her," Lwin said.

His comments came ahead of the scheduled arrival Wednesday of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on a two-day visit as part of a regional tour.

Accompanying him is Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda, who said in January Yudhoyono would recount to the junta Indonesia's own transition from authoritarianism.

Aung San Suu Kyi, 60, a Nobel Peace prize laureate, has been held under house arrest since 2003 and had her detention extended on November 27 by six months. Her deputy, Tin Oo, had his house arrest extended by a year on February 14.

Syed Hamid said on Saturday a date had been fixed for his visit to Myanmar, but declined to disclose it.

Official sources in Kuala Lumpur said Syed Hamid was expected to visit in March ahead of an annual ASEAN foreign ministers' retreat in Indonesia in April.

First Published: Feb 28, 2006 16:14 IST