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Burmese Opposition Meets Again With Aung San Suu Kyi - 2004-05-13


Top officials with Burma's opposition National League for Democracy have met again with party leader Aung San Suu Kyi as they consider whether to attend next week's constitutional convention.

A party spokesman says the latest talks occurred late Wednesday at Aung San Suu Kyi's home. The Nobel laureate is currently under house arrest.

The spokesman says the party is still awaiting a response from Burma's military government on the party's demands for a procedural change at the convention. The party walked out of a similar convention a decade ago after complaining that the military was trying to control the discussion.

The National League for Democracy has also demanded that Aung San Suu Kyi be released from house arrest so she can participate in the convention. There is no indication whether the military government plans to grant that request.

Aung San Suu Kyi and other party leaders were taken into custody a year ago following a confrontation between the opposition and pro-government demonstrators in northern Burma. Most of them have been released, except for the Nobel laureate and the party's vice chairman, Tin Oo.

Burma's military government has ordered all participants in the constitutional convention, which begins Monday, to register today (Thursday) and Friday.

Information for this report is provided by Reuters and AFP.

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