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UN Envoy Meets Suu Kyi in Rangoon - 2003-10-01


The special United Nations envoy to Burma, Razali Ismail, has met with Burma's detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Mr. Razali, on the second day of a three-day mission, went to Aung San Suu Kyi's lakeside home in Rangoon this (Wednesday) afternoon. They met for about 90 minutes. Earlier he had separate talks with Prime Minister Khin Nyunt.

There was no immediate word on whether the UN envoy had succeeded in winning freedom for the 58-year-old democracy leader, who has been held in detention since late May.

Mr. Razali last visited Burma in June, just days after Aung San Suu Kyi was taken into custody after a violent clash between her supporters and pro-government demonstrators. Now, she is under house arrest while recovering from surgery last week.

During his latest mission, Mr. Razali has met with Khun Tun Oo and ethnic leaders from other political parties in Rangoon and he plans to meet with others.

Prime Minister Khin Nyunt unveiled a so-called road map to democracy soon after he was appointed to his post in August, but he has offered few details and refused to assign a timeline to the plan.

On Tuesday, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan set a timetable for ending military rule in Burma.

In a report to the General Assembly, he urged the United Nations and the international community to work together to bring about the transition to democracy in Burma by 2006, when the country takes over the chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Information for this report is provided by Reuters and AFP.

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