Monday 16th November, 2009
Myanmar's opposition leader has sent a letter to the military dictatorship.
In the letter, the Nobel Prize winner has said she wants to work with the government for the common good.
The personal letter was sent to General Than Shwe, head of Myanmar’s military dictatorship.
In part, the letter suggested direct talks with the government for the good of the nation.
MsSuu Kyi said: “I would like to earnestly request permission to meet you so that we can talk about cooperating with the State Peace and Development Council in working in the interest of the nation.”
The State Peace and Development Council or SPDC is the official name of Myanmar’s military junta.
She asked for permission to visit three of her senior NLD party leaders who are also under house arrest to speak with them before meeting Than Shwe.
Also in her letter, the opposition leader thanked the military regime for allowing her to meet on in November with US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell.
The letter, obtained by Reuters, is dated 11th November.
Aung San Suu Kyi has spent 14 of the past 20 years under house arrest, and her sentence has been recently extended for another 18 months, which will exclude her from next year’s elections.
In elections held in 1990, Ms Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy, won with more than 70 per cent of the vote, but the election result was ignored by the ruling generals.