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US Welcomes Meeting of UN Envoy With Aung San Suu Kyi


The United States has welcomed a meeting between a United Nations envoy and Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The State Department described as "positive" the Burmese government's decision to allow her meeting Saturday with UN Under Secretary General Ibrahim Gambari. But the department said the meeting by itself does not reflect progress.

The State Department said the Burmese regime could show progress by releasing Aung San Suu Kyi no later than May 27th, when her detention order expires.

Separately, the U.S. has asked for Gambari to brief the UN Security Council about his meeting with the pro-democracy leader.

U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said there was no opposition to his request in a Security Council meeting Monday.

Bolton said the U.S. is not ruling out "additional steps" against Burma. He did not elaborate.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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