Burma's state media say the military government has met with representatives of the International Red Cross, their first reported meeting since the government there closed five Red Cross field offices.
The state-run newspaper "New Light of Myanmar" today says a Red Cross representative Patrick Vial met Friday with several government officials. It says the talks included Home Minister Maung Oo, police chief Khin Yi and prisons director Zaw Win. No details of those meetings were released.
The Red Cross said last month that Burma's military rulers had ordered the humanitarian organization to stop its work in five border areas Mandalay, Mawlamyine, Hpa-an, Taunggyi and Kyaing Tong.
After international protests, the military government said the closure order was temporary, but it did not say when the Red Cross offices would be allowed to reopen.
Information for this report is provided by AP.