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Tuesday, 10 September, 2002, 11:57 GMT 12:57 UK
EU delegates meet Burma's Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi wants to negotiate with the junta
A delegation from the European Union has met opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the final day of a mission aimed at promoting political reconciliation within Burma.

It is the first EU visit since Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest in May, and it provides the senior European diplomats with an opportunity to assess what political progress, if any, has been made.


Aung San Suu Kyi

  • 1988: Aung San Suu Kyi supports pro-democracy uprising
  • 1989: Placed under house arrest
  • 1990: NLD wins election by landslide. Military rejects result
  • 1995: Freed from house arrest
  • 2000: Placed under house arrest
  • 2002: Released unconditionally


  • No details of the talks with Aung San Suu Kyi, held at her party headquarters in Rangoon, are available.

    The EU team, which arrived in the Burmese capital on Sunday, is expected to meet the ruling junta's third-ranking leader, Lieutenant-General Khin Nyunt, later on Tuesday.

    It hopes to speed up the dialogue between the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) and the military regime and to press for prisoner releases.

    The junta has not held substantive talks with Aung San Suu Kyi since her release.

    Reviewing restrictions

    The BBC's Burma analyst, Larry Jagan, says the fact that the EU group will meet the powerful Khin Nyunt shows how seriously the junta is taking this visit.

    General Than Shwe
    It is unclear if Burma's generals are ready to negotiate

    Last time the EU delegates were in Burma, the military leader said he was too busy to meet them.

    They have already met Deputy Foreign Minister Khin Maung Win, international non-governmental organisations and representatives of ethnic minority parties in Burma.

    But our correspondent says that the EU officials are not optimistic that this latest mission will produce any serious concessions from the junta.

    A senior EU official told the BBC that the minimum movement required for the Union to ease its stringent restrictions on Burma would be a meeting between Aung San Suu Kyi and a senior general to discuss a tentative agenda for political talks.


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