1st meeting of Myanmar president and top activitists
Yangon (dpa) - Myanmar President Thein Sein met the country's top political activists for the first time this weekend, media reports said Sunday.
The meeting between the president and leaders of the 88 Generation Students occurred Saturday in Naypyitaw, The New Light of Myanmar reported.
The "cordial discussions" covered a wide range of topics including "reconciliation , mapping out of a new form of political culture, flourishing of democracy system ... inclusiveness of national race groups," the government mouthpiece said.
Leading the talks for the former dissident group were Min Ko Naing and Ko Ko Gyi, both of whom were released from lengthy prison terms in January, 2012, under an amnesty issued by Thein Sein.
Both men were key leaders of anti-military student protests in 1988, when mass demonstrations rocked the county, ending in an army crackdown that claimed up to 3,000 dead.
In 2005, after years in prison, former student leaders established the 88 Students Generation Group in Yangon. They played a key role in the "Saffron Revolution" of 2007 - street protests led by Buddhist monks - for which many received 65-year jail sentences.