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UN Envoy Meets Burmese PM And Aung San Suu Kyi - 2004-03-02


The United Nations special envoy for Burma has met separately with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Prime Minister Khin Nyunt in his latest bid to promote democratic reforms in the country.

Malaysian diplomat Razali Ismail also held discussions today (Tuesday) with the leaders of several ethnic-based parties.

The details of the meetings were not revealed, but the chairman of the Shan National League for Democracy party (Khun Tun Oo) said Mr. Razali described the focus of his visit earlier today (Tuesday) as trying to help Burma implement its "road map" plan for democracy. The plan sets out steps for holding free elections in Burma, but sets no timetable for the vote.

Mr. Razali arrived in Rangoon Monday on a visit that was not announced. He has not said how long he will stay in Burma, but other sources have indicated he will stay through Thursday. They say his mission will also focus on securing Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi's freedom.

The Nobel peace laureate was detained nine months ago after a bloody clash between her followers and a pro-government mob. The encounter sparked an official crackdown on her pro-democracy party, with leaders jailed and party offices closed. Mr. Razali last met with the pro-democracy leader in October, on a previous visit to Burma.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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