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Good News - Peace & Freedom - Burma's first step towards freedom

BURMESE democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will consider recognising this month's parliament elected in a vote widely derided as a fraud and might support a softening of international sanctions.

''We have got to be able to talk to each other,'' Ms Suu Kyi told The Washington Post at the headquarters of her National League for Democracy. ''I think, firstly, we have to start talking affably - real genuine talks, not just have some more tea or this or that.''

The Nobel peace prize laureate confirmed that she would seek talks with military leaders who imprisoned her for 15 of the past 20 years, suggesting her strategy to bring about change will be one of compromise.
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Ms Suu Kyi has taken a hard line in previous aborted efforts to bring democracy to Burma. But her comments indicate a willingness to engage with a junta that she has spent much of her professional life fighting.

Although she was released by the government, and security forces were not a heavy presence when she gave a political speech to thousands of supporters on Sunday, the junta, which has clung to power for 48 years, retains the ability to exert tight control over her. In the past, whenever the military felt threatened by her burgeoning grass-roots support, it returned her to detention.

Ms Suu Kyi, 65, spoke frankly about her plans. She said she was not surprised by the way the junta had rigged the November 7 election, giving itself 80 per cent of seats. ''It's no use saying that you can choose freely between a rock and a hard place,'' she said. ''We want meaningful choice.''

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