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Senior UN Envoy Meet Burma's Detained Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi


A senior United Nations envoy has met with Burma's detained opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

The visit is the first in more than two years by a high-level UN representative. Burmese officials confirmed that UN political affairs envoy Ibrahim Gambari met with the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for about an hour Saturday at a guest house in Rangoon.

Details of the meeting were not immediately available.

Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Burma's opposition National League for Democracy, has spent 10 of the last 16 years in detention, mostly under house arrest.

Gambari arrived in Burma on Thursday to press the ruling junta to restore democracy and cease human rights violations. He also met today with Burma's top general, Senior General Than Shwe.

Friday, Gambari met with members of the nation's opposition National League for Democracy at a government building in Rangoon.

Gambari is the first high-ranking UN official to be allowed into Burma in more than two years.

Burma's military leadership crushed a pro-democracy movement in 1988, and refused to recognize election results after a landslide victory by the NLD in 1990.

Information for this report is provided by AP and Reuters.

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