Aug. 12 - Myanmar's government and Aung San Suu Kyi announce their cooperation on a plan to foster stability and economic development. Katharine Jackson reports.
Officials and journalists take their seats for a rare news conference in Myanmar. The news: opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the government have agreed to work together to promote stability and economic development. Suu Kyi, head of the National League for Democracy and Nobel Peace Laureate, was released from house arrest in November after an election ended military rule and kept the same regime in power. Myanmar's Minister of Information says Suu Kyi's NLD party was invited into the agreement despite being officially disbanded for refusing to register for the election. SOUNDBITE: Minister of Information Kyaw Hsan saying (Burmese): "In view of the national reconciliation, the government is delicately and carefully handling the issue of the NLD, that has no legal right to exist. But we are offering it opportunities to serve national interest in cohesion." Myanmar's government and military appear to have eased their stance against Suu Kyi, still criticizing her in state-run media but allowing her to travel and meet with diplomats, journalists and supporters. Suu Kyi, in turn, has been careful not to criticize the election, which was widely seen as a sham to maintain government power behind a veil of democracy. Suu Kyi plans to leave Yangon on Sunday for her first overtly political trip since her release. Katharine Jackson, Reuters.