A top United Nations' envoy is encouraging Vietnam to aid international efforts to resolve Burma's political crisis.
U.N. special envoy Ibrahim Gambari spoke during a visit to the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi Monday.
He noted that Vietnam will soon become a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council and has better relations with Burma than most of the other countries in the region.
Burma sparked global criticism in September when the nation's rulers crushed pro-democracy protests led by Buddhist monks, killing a number of people and arresting thousands.
Gambari said earlier this month Burma's government promised to stop making political arrests. The U.N. official called reports of new arrests "unfortunate."
Information for this report is provided by AP.