The United Nations' special envoy to Burma says he will hold talks with Chinese officials on the situation in Burma during his upcoming trip to China.
The French Press Agency quoted Malaysian diplomat Razali Ismail as making the statement earlier today (Wednesday).
Mr. Razali is credited with initiating confidence-building talks between detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the military government in late 2000, but those talks later broke down.
The UN envoy earlier this month urged China, India, and a number of other Asian countries to help with UN efforts to free the pro-democracy leader. He has also urged them to help push for greater political participation of her party, the National League for Democracy.
But a spokesman for the party says UN officials should play a more active role in helping to resolve the political stalemate in Burma.
In an interview with VOA's Burmese Service, the spokesman, U Lwin, called on UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to request Security Council help in bringing about national reconciliation in Burma.
Information for this report is provided by AFP.