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Suu Kyi holds second meeting with UN envoy: official

By Agencies


Detained Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was taken to a military facility Monday for a second meeting in three days with visiting UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari, an official said.

The Nobel peace prize winner, who has spent 12 of the last 18 years under house arrest, left her lakeside compound in Yangon at about midday and travelled the short distance in a convoy, witnesses told AFP.

A Myanmar official said she was meeting Gambari a second time, following a first encounter Saturday on his latest visit to the military-ruled country.

Details of their talks have not yet been revealed.

Gambari, who met earlier with foreign diplomats, is in Yangon to push the junta to include Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) party in plans for multi-party elections.

However, there has been little sign the regime plans to make concessions, having denied Gambari access to junta leader Than Shwe and rejected his offer to provide foreign observers for upcoming polls.

A month ago, Myanmar surprised the world by announcing it would hold a referendum on a new constitution in May, setting the stage for multi-party democratic elections in 2010.

A new law governing the referendum sharply limits the NLD's ability to campaign, outlawing public speeches and leaflets about the charter. (AFP)