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UN Envoy Continues Mission to Burma


A United Nations envoy is holding more talks in Burma, as part of a push to encourage reconciliation between the military government and its pro-democracy opponents.

Envoy Ibrahim Gambari met Monday with Foreign Minister Nyan Win for their second meeting in as many days.

During their meeting, Gambari raised the issue of Burma's demand that U.N. development coordinator Charles Petrie leave the country.

Burmese authorities accuse Petrie of exaggerating the dire state of economic and humanitarian affairs in Burma.

Gambari was also scheduled to meet with representatives of Burma's ethnic minority groups and Red Cross officials.

It is not clear if Gambari will meet with Burma's military leader Than Shwe during his visit. But he is scheduled to meet Tuesday with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent most of the past decade under house arrest in Rangoon.

Gambari met Sunday with Labor Minister Aung Kyi, who also serves as the government's liaison to Aung San Suu Kyi.

A U.N. statement said Gambari held extensive discussions with the minister on an "agreed framework for meaningful dialogue" between Aung San Suu Kyi and the government. The statement provided no details.

Gambari is on his second trip to Burma since the military government's violent crackdown in September on pro-democracy protests led by Buddhist monks.

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