Burma’s Suu Kyi Holds Talks With President Thein Sein

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Aung San Suu Kyi (L) meets President Thein Sein at the presidential palace in Naypyidaw on August 19, 2011. (Photo: Reuters)

RANGOON — Burma’s main opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with President Thein Sein at his home on Sunday, according to a National League for Democracy (NLD) spokesman.

“They met at the president’s farm cottage in Naypyidaw from 5 to 5:50 yesterday evening,” said Zeyar Thaw, an information officer for the NLD’s office in the capital and member of Parliament for the party led by Suu Kyi.

Zeyar Thaw refused to give details of what was discussed during the nearly one-hour meeting because, he said, “the party has no plan to release information about the meeting.”

However, Monywa Aung Shin, the information officer in charge of the NLD’s central committee, told The Irrawaddy that the meeting was initiated by the president.

“As far as I know, there were not any other people attended the meeting, only Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and U Thien Sein were there,” he said.

The meeting on Sunday was the first between Thein Sein and Suu Kyi this year. The two have met altogether four times since their historic first meeting in 2011. The last time they met was in August.

During Sunday’s meeting, the two leaders may have discussed a four-party meeting that Suu Kyi had proposed to the president in November. The opposition leader has called for talks to be held involving herself, Thein Sein, the powerful Lower House Speaker Shwe Mann and the Burmese military’s Commander in Chief Min Aung Hlaing to discuss amendments to Burma’s Constitution.

The president turned down her request at the time, saying he would consider the meeting after Parliament’s Constitutional Review Joint Committee released the proposal to change the 2008 charter.

The Committee submitted the proposals to the Union Parliament in late January this year and a new committee was formed to decide upon amendments. Suu Kyi has continued to rally support for amending the military-drafted charter that guarantees the armed forces’ role in politics and bars the NLD chairperson from the presidency.

Sunday’s meeting between Suu Kyi and Thein Sein took place just two days after Lower House Speaker Shwe Mann said he is ready to hold the four-party meeting.

Political commentator Yan Myo Thien said the four-party talks were likely the subject of the discussion on Sunday.

“Given to the current political landscape, it’s possible that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi would focus on the four-party meeting as well as the constitutional amendments,” he said.

“I think the most important thing is to have the four-party meeting. If they get a general agreement out of it, they could expand it into an all-inclusive political dialogue. When it happens, constitutional amendments can be taken for granted,” he added.

Despite meeting with both Thein Sein and Shwe Mann several times, Suu Kyi has still not yet met with Min Aung Hlaing.

Earlier this year, she told reporters in Naypyidaw that she had tried to meet Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, but her attempts had proven unsuccessful.

“My relations with him have not progressed at all because I have not even been able to meet him yet,” the National League for Democracy (NLD) chairperson said. “But I have never given up on something after failing only one time.”

Yan Myo Thein said he thinks the meeting with Suu Kyi and the commander-in-chief is “strategically important.”

“Political change in this country is impossible without any meeting with the military,” he said.


8 Responses to Burma’s Suu Kyi Holds Talks With President Thein Sein

  1. No matter what happens, Suu Kyi is one of the world’s famous women. She may or may not become our president but she is already more than just a president. Being the people’s champion is more than Thein Sein, Shwe Mann and Min Aung Hlaing who are appointed by Than Shwe.

  2. It is strange that this is their first meeting this year. Especially with Constitutional Amendment on the table and elections next year.

  3. Burma ( Myanmar ) obtained independent from Britain in the year 1948 upon forming the Burma Independent Army ( BIA ) later it ‘is named Burma Defense Army ( BDA ). Therefore in every field of Burma Army is very important. Aung San Suu Kyi must know that from the beginning. Without army cooperation nothing can be done in Myanmar. So now is the time comes for her to consult with army chief, President and the Chairman of the lower house for the betterment of the country and nation.

    • Dear Oo Maung Gyi
      Yes, i agree with you that army’s involvement in politics is important in the past history and low civilized countries, like wise in some African nations as well as ? Somalia. Fox than shwe creates 2008 deadly Nargic constitution for Burma to favor notorious bama army’s power with low reputation in Burmese.
      In Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, USA, Canada,UK, French, Germany, Swiss and etc because of modern civilization as well as having real democratic elected president, their respective army are not or can not be involved in politics.
      If there is no 2008 deadly Nargic constitution, fox than shwe will not step down from president post. To facilitate deadly Nargic constitution, fox than shwe is chairman in defense and security council to control child soldier ming aung hlaing and puppet thein sien.
      During this discussion, fox will ask DASSK to be a president without military power which means fox will be continued to be chairman of defense and security council. However, there is no foriegn army invasion except Rohyngia people invasion, claimed by naive Arakanese activities with the help of fox than shwe. Fox’s next target is to kill brave Kachin army/ people and naive Arakanese. In short, fox needs to continue to kill own people(opposition) with his paramilitary men in Burma with the slogan of psy wirathu and naive Arakanese nationalism, like late U nu did on killing Karen in Insein to start to weaken Karens’ power.

  4. She needs to talk to the organ grinder – not the monkey.

  5. Burma army participation in political field is essential, otherwise this country’s most of so call leaders are do not have moral and ethical value. Every tom taken would like to become leader in the country, they do not look them self whether they are fit or not. At present real public figure is Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Can you show me any other? All are opportunist and greedy peoples. ’88 generation leaders has some one but not all. Some of the ’88 generation who joined in the army, now they are commanding Brigade and they can be sincere.

    Burma army is the only institution has discipline and good moral so there is still hope for Suu Kyi that she can able to get army support.

  6. Maung Lu Aye ( Law ) R.A,S.U.1976

    Our Burmese People willing to see on the Bright Side of Quasi Govt heading to Democracy. Our Burma Democracy’s Icon DASSK tried her best for the Discussion, Negotiation with Thein Sein and her attempt Meeting with Min Aung Hlaing was Unsuccessful.We all appreciated What DASSK was deligently doing her best for Reconciliation of Burma.
    On the Other Side, Gen Min Aung Hlaing, Thein Sein or Whoever were No Sincerity, No Dignity, No Respect , No Commitment to his Own Country Burma & Decades of Suffering Burmese People. Quasi Thein Sein Govt is just Prolong the Dictatorship of the Military,No Doubt,And 2008 Constitution had already stated that The Military is still Controlling Burma’s Administration. In other Definition, the Military is Still on Iron Fist, Oppressing, Bullying, Confiscating People’s Properties & Land without Compensations. Believe me,they never give up the Power which Corrupted them more than half a Century.
    Violations of the Human Rights Abuses were happened in Arakan State & Other Places as the International News had Mentioned. How come do we believe Thein Sein’s Govt ( Ex-Gen Than Shwe is Behind the Curtain ).
    Burma Quasi Govt is No better than North Korea Dictatorial Govt.

  7. Dear Nrman Hla,

    You have to study our ( Burmese ) History. King Annawrattar was a general, Bayinnaung was general also, Kyunsitthar too general,
    only Alaungphayar is a commonere. Therefore we can not avoid army to take part in politics. Most of the Burm,es epeoples are not yet civilize. Many peop;les has violent minded and if get chance they want to loot some body’s properties. You can know why in Arakan, Meikhteelar, Lasho ant etc, places makide violence and looted Muslims properties and destroyed religious place such as Masjeeds and religious schools and churches.
    Reqiure to give more education to those wild minded peoples in the country. Burma has long to go to get good morale and civilizations.

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