Burma Offers Meeting With Democracy Leader

But only if she drops call for sanctions
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2007 8:01 PM CDT
Unidentified protestors participate in a pro-Burma rally near the Chinese Embassy in Berlin, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007. Myanmar's main political and economic allies, China and Japan, joined other nations...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Burma's army has offered to meet with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi if she stops demanding economic sanctions, the Times reports. A general proposed the meeting this week to UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari, who has met with Ms. Suu Kyi on his 4-day trip. Gambari plans to tell the UN Security Council about this diplomatic inroad at a meeting tomorrow.

A week after crushing pro-democracy marches,  the junta also released a Burmese woman and 3 UN staff — but admitted to holding more than 2,000 protesters. Some analysts estimate the arrest count at several thousand higher. “The Government ordered people not to gather as a precaution, but people gathered anyway,” said a state news show. “They were arrested according to the law.”