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Top UN Official to Travel to Burma


A top United Nations official will travel to Burma to further U.N. demands that the southeast Asian country restore democracy and respect human rights.

A spokesman for the world body said Friday that Ibrahim Gambari, the undersecretary-general for political affairs, would travel to Burma in the near future.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, said Washington wants Gambari to raise the issue of the continued house arrest of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi at "all of his meetings."

The Nobel Peace Prize winner has either been in jail or under house arrest for more than 10 of the past 16 years.

The country's military junta ignored a 1990 landslide victory by her National League for Democracy party, and has jailed more than 100 senior party officials.

President Bush has condemned human rights violations in Burma and called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi.

During his trip to South Asia in March, he called the state of human rights under Burma's military regime deplorable.

Informaiton for this report is provided by AP and REUTERS.

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