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Burma Meets With UN Humanitarian Official


Government authorities in Burma have met with a top United Nations humanitarian official to discuss cooperation with the world body.

A state-media, New Light of Myanmar report Saturday said the U.N. deputy chief for humanitarian affairs Margareta Wahlstrom met with the Secretary of State Peace and Development Council Lieutenant General Thein Sein and other senior officials in the administrative capital, Naypyidaw.

The report did not give details of the discussions. But the meeting follows calls from human rights activists who have demanded the United Nations keep up pressure on military-ruled Burma to prevent the regime from maintaining what they call a "state of terror."

In March, members of the Karen Women's Organization publicized a study State of Terror in Geneva that documents allegations of human rights abuses in Burma's ethnic Karen State, which borders Thailand.

The report cites what the group says is a direct link between the Burmese military and incidents of rape, beatings and murder. It says 90 percent of the violations there were related to forced labor and forced relocations.

Information is provided by AFP.

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