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Myanmar junta to lift crackdown on opposition, Suu Kyi could be freed

Myanmar’s crippled pro-democracy opposition will be allowed to operate normally before a national convention this year and its leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be freed from house arrest, Foreign Minister Win Aung said. “I think it could change,” Win Aung said when asked whether the junta was considering lifting the restrictions on the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who was taken into detention last May after unrest that triggered a crackdown on her party. Win Aung, here at a regional meeting, told AFP that there was no date set for the landmark national convention, the first step in the junta’s “road map” to democracy which it has said will begin in 2004. The convention, which will draft a new constitution, will be launched “maybe in the first six months (of the year) or during the second six months, it depends on the completion of our preparations,” he said. Full Story

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