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Thailand's Thaksin Meets Burmese Leader in New Capital


Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is making a previously unannounced one-day visit to Burma for talks with the country's reclusive military leader, Than Shwe.

Mr. Thaksin flew to Burma today Wednesday and met with military leaders in their new administrative capital, Naypyitaw about 400 kilometers north of Rangoon.

Burma's military regime moved its government and military offices from Rangoon to the remote jungle compound in February. Few foreign dignitaries have visited the site.

Before boarding his flight to Burma, Mr. Thaksin said he would discuss a variety of issues with Burmese officials, but provided no other details.

Mr. Thaksin was joined on the trip by a high-level delegation including Thailand's army chief Geneneral Sondhi Boonyaratkalin, foreign minister Kantathi Suphamongkhon and several other Cabinet members.

The delegation is due back in Thailand later today after a dinner with Burmese officials.

Burma has come under increasing pressure from its Asian neighbors and western nations to speed up democratic reforms and to free opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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