A United Nations envoy has met with two Burmese cabinet ministers, as part of a push to spur talks between the country's military government and its pro-democracy opponents.
Envoy Ibrahim Gambari met today, Sunday in Naypyidaw, with Foreign Minister Nyan Win and Labor Minister Aung Kyi, who also serves as the government's liaison to detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
A UN statement said Gambari held extensive discussions with the minister on an "agreed framework for meaningful dialogue" between Aung San Suu Kyi and the ruling military. The statement did not provide details.
It is not clear whether Gambari will meet with Burma's military leader Than Shwe. But the diplomat is scheduled to meet Tuesday with Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent most of the past decade under house arrest in Rangoon.
The Gambari mission is his second to Burma since September, when the military began a violent crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators led by Buddhist monks.
On Saturday, Gambari met in Rangoon with UN development coordinator Charles Petrie, whom the Burmese government has ordered to leave the country.
Burmese authorities accuse Petrie of exaggerating the dire state of economic and humanitarian affairs in Burma.
This information has been provided by ap, afp, Burmese serv. adv., prev