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Sources: Suu Kyi has left home

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  • Suu Kyi flew via military helicopter to Myanmar's capital
  • U.N. envoy Ibrahim Gambari met with her earlier this month
  • Suu Kyi has been under house arrest three times over course of 19 years
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YANGON, Myanmar (CNN) -- Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi left her Yangon home, where she has been under house arrest, and flew via military helicopter to the capital, Nay Pyi Taw, military sources told CNN Thursday.

U.N. envoy Ibrahim Gambari met with democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon on October 2.

Her departure on Wednesday night came amid diplomatic efforts by U.N. envoy Ibrahim Gambari to get Myanmar's military rulers to talk with the opposition in the aftermath of a bloody government crackdown.

During Gambari's visit to Myanmar, also known as Burma, earlier this month, he met with Suu Kyi, leader of the opposition National League for Democracy and Nobel Peace Prize winner, as well as with the military junta leadership.

Suu Kyi has been under house arrest from 1989 to 1995, from 2000 to 2002 and from May 2003 until now. Her father, Aung San, was the first prime minister of Burma and fought for its independence from Britain before being assassinated in 1947. Her mother was a diplomat.

In Beijing, Gambari called on China to use its influence to help persuade the junta to stop its crackdown, The Associated Press reported. Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister He Yafei told Gambari China backs his efforts, but made no new commitments, according to AP.

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China and Russia, both veto-wielding countries on the U.N. Security Council oppose U.N. sanctions against Myanmar's junta, saying they would aggravate what they consider an internal situation, AP reported.

Last week Myanmar's military junta admitted to detaining more than 2,900 people during last month's crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy demonstrators, with hundreds of them still in custody. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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