Burma's separatist Karen National Union says it has met with a representative of Burma's military government to discuss the country's plans for a constitutional convention.
The ethnic rebel group says the meeting took place Sunday in neighboring northern Thailand, in the town of Mae Sot.
Rebel leaders say a Burmese Defense Ministry spokesman (Colonel San Pwint) outlined Rangoon's so-called road map to democracy, which calls for a national convention to set guidelines for a new constitution.
The Burmese government has been recruiting ethnic minority representatives to attend the convention. But the Karen National Union's secretary general, Mahn Sha, says his group was not invited to the meeting.
Karen guerillas have been fighting the Burmese government for autonomy for more than five decades. Many rebel leaders live in Thailand, near the border with Burma.
Information for this report is provided by AP.