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Burmese Government Rejects Call for UN-Brokered Talks With Opposition


Burma's military government has rejected a United Nations special envoy's call for UN-brokered talks with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and says it refuses to bow to external pressure.

State media say a Burmese official told visiting U.N. envoy Ibrahim Gambari that holding the meeting is impossible.

The official also criticized Gambari's earlier visit to Burma, saying it had failed to produce any results because it was followed by more sanctions from the United States and condemnation from the United Nations.

Gambari is scheduled to meet with members of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy in Napyidaw Thursday. Diplomats say that later in the day, he will meet in Rangoon with Aung San Suu Kyi herself.

Gambari is on his second visit to Burma since a violent crackdown in September on pro-democracy protesters led by Buddhist monks. He has been calling on the Burmese government to release individuals detained during the protests and urging it to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi.

Information for this story is provided by AFP and AP.

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