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Thailand To Host International Meeting On Burma Next Month - 2004-03-30


Thailand says it will host a second round of international talks next month on encouraging Burma's military government to adopt democratic reforms.

Thai Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai said the two-day talks of the so-called "Bangkok Process" will open April 29th. Twelve nations attended the first round of negotiations last December.

The talks come amid growing speculation that Burma's military government may soon release pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from custody. The Nobel laureate has been held since last May following a clash between her supporters and a pro-government mob.

UN envoy Razali Ismail, who recently visited Burma, has said the opposition leader could be set free by the middle of April in honor of Burma's new year.

Thailand's foreign minister said only Burma can say when Aung San Suu Kyi will be released, adding that he hopes she will be freed soon.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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