A top envoy at the United Nations will visit Burma this week in hopes of meeting with military government leaders and detained Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.
Briefing reporters on the trip on Tuesday, a UN spokesman said Ibrahim Gambari, who is undersecretary general for political affairs, hopes his visit will strengthen cooperation between the world body and Burma. Gambari will be traveling to Burma as an envoy for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
Burma's information minister Brigadier General Kyaw Hsan confirmed the visit, but would not say whether Gambari will be allowed to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi. The pro-democracy leader has been held under house arrest for much of the past two decades.
When Gambari visited Aung San Suu Kyi in May, he was the first foreigner to do so in two years.
Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.