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Suu Kyi monitors US-junta direct engagement: NLD


New Delhi (Mizzima) – Even as detained Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi continues with her fact-finding mission on the consequences of western sanctions, she is also observing the process of engagement between the junta and the United States, her party spokesperson said on Thursday.

“While continuing with fact-finding Daw Suu said she is being provided with necessary documents and inputs by diplomats of the US, European Union and Australia,” Nyan Win, who met her on Thursday said.

Responding to her request, the regime allowed Aung San Suu Kyi to meet diplomats of the US, European Union and Australia on October 9. She discussed the sanctions with them.

In September, in a proposal to junta supremo Senior General Than Shwe, she offered to work together to help ease sanctions and requested a meeting with representatives of the US, EU and Australia.

Nyan Win said the detained Nobel Peace Laureate is looking forward to meeting US Assistant Secretary Kurt Campbell. She is also monitoring the US’s direct engagement with the Burmese regime.

“She had welcomed the US’s new policy of direct engagement,” said Nyan Win, adding that the National League for Democracy had been informed that Campbell will be arriving by the first week of November.

Nyan Win along with his colleague advocate Kyi Win on Thursday met the Burmese pro-democracy leader and also discussed issues related to her appeal in the High Court.

Aung San Suu Kyi was given a three year sentence with hard labour on August 11 by a special court in Insein prison on charges of violating her previous detention regulations. But her sentence was halved by an executive order by the junta supremo Than Shwe.

Following the verdict, her legal team had appealed to the divisional court, which ruled in favour of the lower court’s decision. But Nyan Win said, they are preparing to file an appeal in the Supreme Court. They have drafted an appeal letter.

“Daw Suu said she wanted to study the draft appeal letter and would tell us her opinion later. She has agreed to file a petition in the Supreme Court,” Nyan Win said.

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