Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says high-level political talks to be held Friday will be meaningful only if they lead to polls set for later this year being free and fair.

The six-party meeting of Suu Kyi, President Thein Sein, the army chief, the speakers of the two houses of parliament and a representative of the country's ethnic minorities was called for by lawmakers last year, but the president and the army chief had avoided holding it.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy and ethnic minority parties feel that provisions of the constitution and election law put them at a disadvantage ahead of the polls. Under current statutes, Suu Kyi would not be allowed to serve as president.