Suu Kyi ‘Keenly Monitoring’ Campbell Visit

Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said that she is keenly monitoring the planned visit to Burma of a US delegation to be led by Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell, according to a lawyer who met with Suu Kyi on Thursday.

“She told us during the meeting today that she is keenly monitoring Mr Campbell’s upcoming visit and is interested in when he will come and what he will do in Burma,” Nyan Win, Suu Kyi’s lawyer, told The Irrawaddy on Thursday.

Campbell said last week that a US delegation will visit Burma in the coming weeks. The US State Department announced that Campbell will lead the delegation, which intends to open a new round of talks with Burma’s military leaders.

However, Suu Kyi did not make further comment on Campbell’s trip, Nyan Win said.

Nyan Win and another lawyer, Kyi Wynn, were permitted by Burmese authorities to meet Suu Kyi for about 90 minutes on Thursday afternoon. Nyan Win said Suu Kyi discussed the appeal pending over her current term of house arrest.

Campbell is expected to meet with Suu Kyi, ethnic leaders and government officials, including U Thaung, the minister of science and technology and former Burmese ambassador to Washington who met with the assistant US foreign secretary in September in New York. However, whether Campbell will meet with Burma’s military chief Snr-Gen Than Shwe is still unclear as Than Shwe is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka in November.

After a Burma policy review, the US State Department announced in September that the US will have direct engagement with the Burmese junta while US sanctions on Burma will be maintained.

Suu Kyi met with a US representative in Rangoon earlier this month to talk about the impact of US sanctions on the Burmese regime and the country at large.

Thursdays’ was the first meeting between Suu Kyi and her lawyers since Oct. 16. Rangoon Northern District Court rejected on Oct. 2 Suu Kyi’s appeal against an 18-month extension of her house arrest on charges related to the intrusion of an American man onto her property.
irrawaddy org

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