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EU Calls For Immediate Talks in Burma - 2003-03-18


The European Parliament has called on the military government of Burma to revive peace talks with opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.

A resolution approved unanimously by members of the parliament calls for talks to begin immediately. It also urges the release of all political prisoners in Burma and a halt to forced labor in that country.

For her part, Aung San Suu Kyi says she thinks speedy progress is needed to improve conditions in Burma. In an interview with the VOA Burmese Service, the Burmese democracy leader said it is important that the military government and opposition talk to each other. But she said there has been no recent progress in efforts to make that happen.

The United Nations initiated a dialogue between the military and Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi in late 2000. But there have been no substantive discussions between the two sides since.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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