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UN Envoy Visits Burma to Urge Progress on Democracy


A senior UN envoy is in Burma today for a widely watched visit the United Nations says will include a visit with detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

UN Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari arrived in Burma Thursday for a four-day stay. He is expected to hold meetings with top Burmese officials to urge them to make progress on human rights and democratic reform.

UN officials say Burmese authorities have granted approval for a meeting between Gambari and Aung San Suu Kyi. Gambari previously met her in Rangoon last May, becoming the first foreign diplomatic official allowed to see her in more than two years.

Burma has kept Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest in Rangoon for most of the past 17 years, and rarely allows her to meet foreigners.

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