( BBC ) - Burma's main opposition party has said no preconditions should be set by the ruling military junta for talks with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The generals agreed to meet Ms Suu Kyi, their arch political enemy, but only if she dropped her backing for sanctions.
In its first statement since the offer, Ms Suu Kyi's party insisted it was not ruling out talks.
The junta, whose bloody crackdown on protests caused outrage, has held Ms Suu Kyi under detention for years.
Ms Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, which won an election in 1990 but has never been allowed to govern, said the "success of a dialogue is based on sincerity and the spirit of give and take".
The statement added: "The will for achieving success is also crucial, and there should not be any preconditions."
Ms Suu Kyi, 62, has been under house arrest in the main city of Rangoon for 12 of the past 18 years.
Correspondents say her party has not had direct contact with her since 2004, and that the NLD's statement cannot be considered as her personal response to the junta's offer.