An official with Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office is back home after a fact-finding visit to Burma that included a meeting with the political opposition. Michael Ryder has visited Burma twice this year.
He was in Burma last week as part of a British government survey of countries thought to be at risk of instability.
A spokesman for Burma's main opposition National League for Democracy told VOA's Burmese Service that Mr. Ryder acknowledged the party's struggle for democracy inside Burma.
The spokesman said party officials urged the British diplomat to press that Burma's military widen dialogue with the opposition.
Mr. Ryder also met with representatives of several Burmese states and with officials of the central government. He is expected to issue a formal report on his trip later this year.