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Foreign envoys, Suu Kyi meet

October 10, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Myanmar's military rulers allowed detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi a rare meeting with Western diplomats to discuss sanctions imposed against the government.

The Nobel peace laureate, who remains under house arrest, was driven to a government guesthouse to meet with U.S., British and Australian diplomats, said officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.

The meeting lasted about an hour. Afterward, Suu Kyi was driven back to her lakeside residence. She has spent 14 of the last 20 years under detention.

Suu Kyi, 64, last month wrote to junta leader Senior Gen. Than Shwe, stating her willingness to cooperate with the government in efforts toe get the sanctions lifted and seeking permission to meet with Western diplomats in order to understand positions of nations that had imposed the sanctions.

British Ambassador Andrew Heyn described Suu Kyi, who has suffered from illnesses in recent years, as "very healthy and very engaged."

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