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Burma Bars Visit by Former Thai Prime Ministe


Burma's military government has denied entry to a former Thai prime minister who was planning to make a private visit to the country.

Chuan Leekpai was to arrive in Burma on Monday, but Thai authorities say Burma asked him to postpone the trip at the last minute, supposedly because the situation in the country is not safe.

Thailand's foreign minister Kantathi Suphamongkhon said Tuesday he has asked Burma's ambassador to clarify the reasons for their action. Mr. Chuan is a leading member of Thailand's opposition Democrat Party.

As prime minister, his government criticized Burma for violating human rights. By contrast, the current Thai government, led by Thaksin Shinawatra, has closer ties with Burma's leaders.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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