Regime Critics Dismiss Talks with Suu Kyi as a 'Ploy'
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Regime Critics Dismiss Talks with Suu Kyi as a 'Ploy'


By Saw Yan Naing Tuesday, November 20, 2007


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A meeting on Monday between opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the junta’s minister of liaison, Aung Kyi—their third since the retired general’s appointment—has been dismissed by regime critics as a government ploy to deflect attention from the Asean summit in Singapore.

About 150 activists shout slogan during a protest outside the Singapore Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Tuesday. [Photo AP]

Burma is coming under pressure at the summit, which is being attended by Burmese Prime Minister Gen Thein Sein.

Burma expert Aung Naing Oo told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday that the meeting had clearly been set up to give Asean the impression that the regime was moving toward reconciliation with its opponents. The ploy didn’t fool the people of Burma, however, said Aung Naing Oo—adding that the brutal suppression of the September demonstrations had shown the true face of the regime.

The one-hour meeting between Suu Kyi and Aung Kyi took place at the government guest house where she was taken for earlier talks with the minister and with UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari.

No details of the meeting were given in reports carried by the government media.

Aung Kyi met Suu Kyi for the first time on October 25 and again on November 9. She was also allowed to meet National League for Democracy colleagues for the first time in more than three years.

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