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UN Envoy, Aung San Suu Kyi Meet for Second Day - 2004-03-03


The United Nations special envoy for Burma has met with detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for a second time in two days.

Malaysian diplomat Razali Ismail also met today (Wednesday) with Burmese government officials, in what Western news reports say is a plan to bring military rulers and the opposition together to launch a constitutional convention.

The envoy has refused to discuss details of his mission with reporters. He is set to leave Burma Thursday.

Mr. Razali met with the leaders of several ethnic-based parties on Tuesday. Details of those 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 as trying to help Burma implement its plan for democracy.

Aung San Suu Kyi was detained nine months ago after a bloody clash between her followers and a pro-government mob. That clash sparked an official crackdown on her pro-democracy party, with its leaders jailed and party offices closed.

In Washington Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell praised the democracy struggle headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, and urged Burma's embattled democracy movement to keep the faith.

Information for this report is provided by AFP and Reuters.

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