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Suu Kyi in the spotlight at Myanmar peace meeting

Update: January, 12/2016 - 11:00

NAY PYI TAW — Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi will address ethnic armed groups on Tuesday, organisers of a fresh round of peace talks said, after she outlined peace as a priority for her government when it takes power in March.

The political dialogue stage of talks between the government, army and ethnic rebels, encompasses key economic and social issues that have spurred the violence, including the ownership of natural resources.

Suu Kyi, who led her party to victory in Myanmar's November elections, is expected to give an opening speech at the talks in the capital Naypyidaw.

The prisoner-turned politician has said ending decades of conflict between the military and a myriad of ethnic rebels will be the "first ever duty" of her government.

Hkun Okker, a member of the committee overseeing the peace dialogue, said Suu Kyi had accepted an invitation to deliver opening remarks.

"Aung San Suu Kyi said she would make the peace process a priority and we are very encouraged by her words," he said.

President Thein Sein and powerful army chief Min Aung Hlaing are also slated to attend the five-day talks. — AFP

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