YANGON (AFP)--Myanmar's detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday was allowed to meet with top members of her party as well as with a government liaison officer, an official told AFP.
The meetings took place at a military facility near her lakeside home in Yangon, where she has spent 12 of the last 18 years under house arrest, the official said.
A convoy took her around 1:00 pm (0630 GMT) to the facility, where the official said she held talks with members of the NLD's Central Executive Committee and with the liaison officer, Labor Minister Aung Kyi.
Aung San Suu Kyi was last allowed to meet with her party's leadership on Nov. 9, when she spoke with four top party members for about one hour at the same military compound.
The facility has also been the site of her four previous meetings with Aung Kyi, who was appointed in the wake of a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protests in September. Their last talks were held on Jan. 11.
The talks came as the military intensified the pressure on political dissidents.
A popular blogger who belongs to the NLD was arrested along with another party member on Tuesday, apparently for defying the military's tough Internet controls, party spokesman Nyan Win said.
Ten leaders of last year's protests have been also charged with violating the nation's strict publishing law, a crime punishable by up to seven years in prison, the party said Tuesday.
U.S. State Department deputy spokesman Tom Casey denounced the charges as " further evidence that the regime is rejecting all efforts to promote dialogue and national reconciliation." The protests spearheaded by Buddhist monks in September were the biggest threat to military rule in nearly two decades. The United Nations says at least 31 people were killed during the suppression, and 74 remain missing.
Hoping to quell international outrage at the bloodshed, Myanmar made a series of conciliatory gestures, including allowing UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari and a UN rights investigator to visit the country.
Gambari made two trips to Myanmar, but when he requested to make a third this month, the junta pushed him off until April.
Meanwhile censors have tightened controls on the media, banning one newspaper for a week over an article that said the government had backtracked on a huge hike in fees for satellite television.