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Military Junta Frees 5 Opposition Members

January 10, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Myanmar's military junta said it freed five opposition members in an apparent conciliatory gesture as the two sides continued talks to end 12 years of political deadlock.

The releases bring to 207 the number of political prisoners freed since reconciliation talks began in October 2000 between the junta and Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, which won general elections in 1990 but was not allowed to take power.

Among those freed was Suu Kyi's cousin Cho Aung Than, who was arrested in 1997.

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