MINISTER for Relations U Aung Kyi met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
in Yangon on October 25 for talks that lasted for more than one
hour, the state-owned New Light of Myanmar reported.
The report said the meeting was held at Seinle Kantha state
guest house but did not provide any additional details.
It was the first meeting between the two sides since Chairman
of the State Peace and Development Council Senior General Than
Shwe made a conditional offer for talks with Daw Aung San Suu
Kyi on October 4.
The government appointed U Aung Kyi as Minister for Relations
on October 8, to promote smooth dialogue with Daw Aung San Suu
When the meeting occurred, the United Nations special envoy
to Myanmar, Mr Ibrahim Gambari, was visiting Tokyo as part of
a tour of six Asian countries to promote national reconciliation
talks in Myanmar.
He said the first meeting between the two sides should lead
to “the early resumption of dialogue that will lead to very
concrete and tangible results,” AFP reported.
“I hope this process produces concrete results for the
benefit of the people of Myanmar and also to improve the relationship
between the government of Myanmar and the international community,”
Mr Gambari told reporters in Tokyo following his talks with Japanese
Prime Minister Mr Yasuo Fukuda on October 26.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the National League for Democracy
said more than 50 of its members who were detained following last
month’s street protests in Yangon were released on the same
day its leader met U Aung Kyi.
The party spokesperson told AFP on October 26 that a total of
80 people, including the NLD members, were released from Insein
prison on October 25.