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UN Envoy to Visit Burma Thursday


A former Indonesian foreign minister is traveling to Burma on behalf of the United Nations Thursday.

United Nations spokesman for Southeast Asia, Fahran Hak, tells VOA that Special Envoy Ali Alatas will begin a three-day visit to the Burmese capital of Rangoon Thursday. He will discuss proposals on development, security, human rights and UN reform.

Mr. Hak says the United Nations continues to press for its envoys Razali Ismail and Paulo Sergio Pinheiro to be allowed to return to Burma, where in the past they have pressed for democratic reform and human rights reform.

He also says UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan would be willing to accept an invitation from Burma's leader General Than Shwe to visit the country if it could be scheduled.

Information for this report is provided by AP and VOA Burmese service.

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