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United Nations Continues to Engage China on Burma


A top United Nations official has held talks with Chinese foreign ministry officials and once again has discussed the issue of military-ruled Burma.

Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe held two days of talks with Chinese officials in Beijing that ended Wednesday. His meetings were a continuation of an effort that began earlier this year to engage China on Burma.

Pascoe is on his way to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization talks in Central Asia.

Earlier this year, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Ibrahim Gambari as a senior adviser to continue the work of promoting democracy in Burma. Last month, Gambari visited China as well as other Asian nations to discuss concerns about military-ruled Burma.

Burma's opposition party won national elections in 1990, but the country's military leaders refuse to recognize those results. The party's secretary-general, Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, has spent 12 of the past 18 years under house arrest.

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