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Burma's Suu Kyi meets colleagues
Aung San Suu Kyi, pictured in November 2007
Ms Suu Kyi remains under house arrest in Rangoon
Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been allowed to meet political allies for the second time since last year's bloody crackdown.

Officials took Ms Suu Kyi to a military guest house to meet seven top members of her National League for Democracy.

She last left house arrest to meet colleagues in November 2007.

That meeting followed sustained international pressure on Burma's leaders after troops used violence to end anti-government protests.

At least 31 people died in the crackdown and thousands were detained. Hundreds of people are thought to remain in custody.

After the violence, the United Nations called for greater dialogue between the ruling military junta and the Suu Kyi-led pro-democracy movement.

A government liaison, Aung Kyi, was appointed to negotiate with Ms Suu Kyi.

The two have since held four meetings, but it remains unclear whether they are yielding any progress.

Ms Suu Kyi was also meeting Aung Kyi, reports from Burma said.

The NLD won elections in 1990 but has never been allowed to take power. Ms Suu Kyi has spent 12 of the last 18 years under house arrest in Burma's commercial capital, Rangoon.

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