The United Nations special envoy to Burma says both sides in that country's political dispute appear to be ready to renew their long-stalled dialogue for peace.
Malaysian diplomat Razali Ismail made the comment to reporters in Kuala Lumpur Thursday, after completing his 12th visit to Burma. That four-day trip included a series of meetings in Rangoon with military rulers and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The U.N. envoy said Aung San Suu Kyi is in a very good state of mind and wants to "turn a new page" with Burma's ruling generals without any recrimination.
Mr. Razali said the pro-Democracy leader is also hoping she will soon be freed from confinement, which she has been under -- in one form or another -- for the last nine months. Mr. Razali said such a release may come by April 16th.
The U.N. official also said Prime Minister Khin Nyunt is committed to bringing the nation to democracy and to working with the opposition.
There are unconfirmed reports that the two sides have been talking, but nothing official has been reported.
Information for this report is provided by AFP and Reuters.