Suu Kyi: 'I Stand Ready to Cooperate'

Imprisoned opposition leader wants 'dialogue' with Burma's junta
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2007 12:07 PM CST
U.N. envoy Ibrahim Gambari delivers a press statement, Thursday Nov. 8, 2007 in Singapore. Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she is ready to cooperate with her country's junta to bring about...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Aung San Suu Kyi is ready to cooperate with Burma's military rulers, UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari announced today, reading a statement from the long-imprisoned opposition leader. “I stand ready to cooperate with the government in order to make this process of dialogue a success,” she wrote after the government said it would allow her a rare meeting with her party.

It’s the first such statement from Suu Kyi since she was imprisoned in 2003; she hasn't met members of her pro-democracy party since 2004. Though Gambari said he’d laid groundwork for “substantive dialogue,” his six-day trip gave few hopeful signs, the New York Times reports—junta leaders refused to meet with him and rejected his proposals for three-way reconciliation talks.