Aung San Suu Kyi holds direct talks with Myanmar's top general for the first time as her party prepares to form a government. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION EDITORS PLEASE NOTE THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi held direct talks with Myanmar's top general for the first time on Wednesday (December 2) as her party prepares to form the government in a country where the military retains considerable clout after decades of rule. Earlier in the day, the Nobel laureate also held talks with reformist President Thein Sein to discuss the transfer of power to her National League for Democracy (NLD), which swept a November 8 election. The support of the military will be crucial for the NLD to govern smoothly. Suu Kyi and armed forces supremo Min Aung Hlaing talked for over an hour at the military chief's office in the capital Naypyitaw. No aides were present. It was a meeting rich with symbolism - for over two decades, the military persecuted Suu Kyi and the NLD after ignoring a 1990 election victory won by the party. The two sides must now work together - the NLD will form the government but the military runs the interior, defence and border affairs ministries under a constitution drafted before the end of its half-century rule in 2010. Suu Kyi has not commented on either of the pivotal meetings during the day. Public jitters about possible turbulence in the months ahead have been eased by endorsements of the election win by Thein Sein and Min Aung Hlaing. The new administration is likely to take over around March.