Suu Kyi Sees Hope for Burma Peace

Opposition party says leader is optimistic after meeting with junta rep
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2007 9:41 AM CST
In this Myanmar News Agency photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, Aung San Suu Kyi, detained leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), is seen during a meeting with newly-appointed Myanmar...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Aung San Suu Kyi expressed hope for a peaceful end to Burma's strife today after meeting with her party for the first time in 3 years and with a representative of the ruling junta, AFP reports. Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for 12 of the past 18 years, says it is time for the "healing process" to begin, according to a party spokesman.

Few details of the meetings were released, but the fact it occurred signals a continuing warming of relations between the military regime and opposition leaders after a brutal suppression last month. The junta allowed Suu Kyi to meet with three top officials of her party. "She is full of ideas,"  said the party spokesman.