Suu Kyi, general try to heal differences

Source: Bangkok Post

Published on Feb. 13, 2017, noon

Myanmar's military chief Sen Gen Min Aung Hlaing and the country's top civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi -- the state counsellor and foreign minister -- have held a series of secret meetings over the last month or so. "These were unpublicised meetings, rather than secret meetings," according to senior members of the governing party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).

The two had not had fac6 a.m.e-to-face contact since at least last October according to military sources close to the army boss. The relationship between the two has deteriorated since then, after Min Aung Hlaing visited China on a hastily arranged trip, according to a source close to the Lady -- as she is known inside the country, particularly within military circles.

Since then the only direct contact between the military top command and the country's civilian government has been through the Defence Minister Sein Win -- still a serving officer and one of the three ministers appointed by the army chief, under the constitution...

Larry Jagan

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