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Aung San Suu Kyi meets with Myanmar gov't minister as hopes high for political breakthrough
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) ' Myanmar democracy movement leader Aung San Suu Kyi has met with a Cabinet minister to discuss issues whose resolution could lead to a breakthrough in the country's long-running political deadlock.
Labor Minister Aung Kyi read a joint statement after meeting Suu Kyi on Sunday that said the two had discussed an amnesty, peace talks with ethnic armed groups and economic and financial matters. Some 200 of an estimated 2,000 political prisoners were released on Oct. 11 under an amnesty for 6,300 convicts.
An elected but military-backed government took power in March after decades of repressive army rule and President Thein Sein has moved to liberalize the political atmosphere.