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UN Envoy to Burma Meets Top Military Leader - 2002-11-14


The United Nations special envoy to Burma has met with the country's military leader in Rangoon.

Details of the talks between UN envoy Razali Ismail and General Than Shwe were not released. But opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party had urged Mr. Razali to convince the government to reopen stalled political talks with the opposition.

Mr. Razali's five-day visit comes amid concern that Burma's military government has not taken steps to improve relations with the opposition or enact democratic reforms.

The Malaysian diplomat brokered historic talks in late 2000 between the Burmese military and Aung San Suu Kyi. Those talks have been stalled since the opposition leader was released from 19 months of house arrest in May.

Before arriving in Burma on Tuesday, Mr. Razali warned he may quit his post if substantive talks between the Burmese military and opposition leaders do not start soon.

Information for this report is provided by AP and Reuters.

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