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Opposition Leaders Meet in Burma - 2004-04-27


Burma's military government has allowed top-ranking members of the opposition National League for Democracy party to meet their detained leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

Party spokesmen say the meeting took place at Aung San Suu Kyi's lakeside home in Rangoon Tuesday. This is the first time the opposition party's leadership has met as a group since they all were arrested 11 months ago after a clash between pro-government and pro-democracy forces. There is no information about what they discussed.

Their meeting comes ahead of a planned constitutional convention next month. Military leaders have invited National League for Democracy members to attend the convention, but officials have been silent about rumors that Aung San Suu Kyi will be released in time to join in.

Opposition delegates walked out of the last such convention in 1996, saying the forum was nothing more than a rubber stamp for the military government. The party has said it will not decide whether to attend the May 17th convention until Aung San Suu Kyi is released from house arrest.

Party officials say among those at the Tuesday meeting was NLD vice chairman Tin Oo. He was brought from house arrest to attend.

Information for this stroy is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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