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UN Envoy Meets Burma's Opposition Leader - 2003-11-06


The United Nations human rights envoy in Burma has met with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, after visiting thee senior members of her pro-democracy party who also are being held against their will.

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro saw Aung San Suu Kyi today (Thursday) at her home in Rangoon. She has been detained since May 30th, following a clash between her supporters and a pro-government mob in northern Burma.

Mr. Pinheiro is the second high-ranking U.N. official the military government has allowed to see Aung San Suu Kyi recently. The other was the U.N. special envoy to Burma, Razali Ismail, last month.

Details of Mr. Pinheiro's talks with the opposition leader were not immediately available.

Earlier in the day, the Brazilian diplomat met with other key National League for Democracy figures, including party leader Aung Shwe, at a so-called government guesthouse. They also were detained after the May 30th clash.

Meanwhile, Mr. Pinheiro also visited a Burmese government exhibition on AIDS. He said he was impressed to see Burma's commitment to controlling an epidemic that, until recently, it had ignored.

The U.N. envoy is in Burma to investigate suspected human rights abuses. His talks with officials were expected to focus on winning the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political detainees.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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