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November 4, 2009 - For the fist time in 14 years Aung San Suu Kyi has been allowed to leave house arrest to meet Kurt Campbell and Scot Marciel, the highest level US diplomats to visit Burma since 1995.
Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, the leader of the opposition National League for Democracy party (NLD) has become an international symbol of resistance in the face of oppression.
In last August, US president Barack Obama had condemn the decision by Burma’s ruling military to convict and sentence Aung San Suu Kyi to 18 additional months of house arrest after she was charged with breaching the terms of her previous house arrest by reportedly allowing American John Yettaw to enter her home.
The visit of the two US diplomats appears as an initiative by the Obama administration to engage the Burmese military regime in dialogue, without abandoning existing economic and financial sanctions.
Although it can be seen as a positive move in the right direction, US diplomats are only meeting with Burma's Prime Minister Thein Sein but will not be received by General Than Shwe, the strong man of the Myanmar junta.
And even if Aung San Suu Kyi has been allowed to leave house arrest to meet the visitors today in Rangoon, she remains in custody and unable to participate in the Burmese elections scheduled for 2010.Read full article »