17 Dec 2009

Suu Kyi meets NLD party leaders

3:54 pm on 17 December 2009

Detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been allowed to meet three senior officials of the National League for Democracy party.

They have reportedly given her permission to carry out reforms in the party ahead of elections promised for next year.

Ms Suu Kyi has spent 14 of the past 20 years under house arrest. She requested the meeting last month in a letter to Burma's military leader Than Shwe.

Her latest term of detention was extended earlier this year for 18 months.

There is so far no date for the polls and the NLD has not agreed to participate.

Ms Suu Kyi met NLD chairman Aung Shwe, 92, party secretary U Lwin, 85, and Lun Tin, 82 at a state guest house in Rangoon.

The BBC reports it was the first such meeting since January 2008.

Last week, Ms Suu Kyi held talks with a member of the military government for the third time in two months.