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Burma Government Hints at New Talks - 2003-04-15


Burma's military government has hinted it may be ready to re-start political talks with the main opposition party, the National League for Democracy.

In a statement faxed to Reuters news agency Tuesday, the government says Burma can only achieve progress by discussing problems in a constructive way. The statement was issued to deny allegations that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was harassed during her recent travels outside of the capital, Rangoon.

Her party says government authorities warned people against greeting Aung San Suu Kyi during her trip to northwestern Chin state earlier this month.

The government says the Nobel laureate may have encountered noisy conditions and overzealous cameramen on her travels, but it denies they were an attempt to impede her activities. Officials say Aung San Suu Kyi is allowed to travel freely around Burma.

Talks brokered by the United Nations led to Aung San Suu Kyi's release from house arrest 11 months ago. But those talks have stalled, despite opposition calls for their resumption.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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