28 Mar '11, 7pm

Myanmar opposition talks sanctions with US

YANGON : An American diplomat met with members of Myanmar's opposition on Monday to discuss economic sanctions but democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi was not present, a political party leader said. "Altogether eight political parties met with the US charge d'affaires (Larry Dinger) this afternoon and discussed sanctions," Khin Maung Swe, a political leader of the National Democratic Force (NDF), told AFP. The NDF, a breakaway group from Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party, has previously said it is against the punitive economic measures enforced by the United States and the European Union. "We explained to them what we have said before regarding the lifting of sanctions," Khin Maung Swe said, adding that the Yangon-based US official asked for "concrete evidence" to support their stance. "They said as yet they have no plan to reconsider." Thu Wai, chairman of t...

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