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Suu Kyi 'Welcomes US Engagement'

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Detained Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she welcomes US plans to engage with the country's military rulers, her lawyers say.


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Dee C (23)
Friday September 25, 2009, 1:39 pm
"But lawyer Nyan Win said that Ms Suu Kyi also wanted the US to engage with the political opposition.

It comes after the US said sanctions against Burma could be eased if the junta improved its human rights record.

Ms Suu Kyi is under house arrest and is currently preparing an appeal against an extension of her sentence.

"Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said that direct engagement is good," said Nyan Win."

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Rhonda Maness (580)
Friday September 25, 2009, 5:48 pm
Thanks Dee

Simone Duffin (1462)
Saturday September 26, 2009, 12:37 am
Thank you dear Dee.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Saturday September 26, 2009, 3:20 am
A courageous woman with nobility of spirit. I hope she gets out of house arrest in the next few months.

Ben O (128)
Saturday September 26, 2009, 6:19 am
"Suu Kyi Offers to Help Lift Sanctions" (Irrawaddy)
Aung San Suu Kyi has written a letter to the head of Burma’s ruling junta with suggestions about how to get Western sanctions lifted, according to her lawyer.
“Aung San Suu Kyi’s letter is her thinking on how to work together to lift the sanctions,” Nyan Win, Suu Kyi’s lawyer, told The Irrawaddy on Friday.

According to diplomatic sources, Suu Kyi also asked for permission to meet with her family and senior members of her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), and requested a meeting with the junta’s top general, Snr-Gen Than Shwe.
Suu Kyi said that she wants to know how many sanctions have been imposed on Burma and how many people are negatively impacted by them. She also said she wants to hear the opinions of other countries through their ambassadors based in Burma, according to Nyan Win.

“To implement the proposal for lifting sanctions, we need to know all things,” Suu Kyi told Nyan Win. The letter will be sent to Snr-Gen Than Shwe in a few days, he added.
News of Suu Kyi’s letter comes two days after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced plans for a major policy shift that will include engaging with Burma’s military junta as part of an effort to promote political reform in the country.
Suu Kyi last asked the Burmese junta to cooperate with her to lift sanctions in 2007.

She said that sanctions could be lifted for the benefit of the country and its citizens, but added that she could not end the sanctions herself because they were imposed by the West, not her.
Suu Kyi said she agreed with the Obama administration’s plans to engage in direct high-level talks with the junta, according to Nyan Win.
Clinton announced the new US approach on Wednesday at the United Nations after meeting with counterparts from a number of countries that are trying to convince Burma’s authoritarian regime to reform, allow dissent and release thousands of political prisoners, including Suu Kyi.

Clinton said US sanctions against members of Burma’s leadership would remain in place but that those measures would now be accompanied by outreach. Clinton had earlier stated that the sanctions alone were having little impact.
The United States and European Union have imposed sanctions on Burma due to its continued detention of Suu Kyi and its refusal to recognize the NLD’s victory in the country’s last election in 1990.

Melissa Webber (4)
Saturday September 26, 2009, 12:41 pm
Thank U

Mandi T (367)
Saturday September 26, 2009, 1:34 pm
Thank you Dee.
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