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UN, India Agree to Recognize Progress, Promote Change in Burma


The United Nations top envoy on Burma has wrapped up a visit to India, where he says he had "candid discussions" with officials there about promoting change in military-ruled Burma.

A U.N. spokeswoman said that during Ibrahim Gambari's meetings, the two sides agreed to acknowledge the positive steps Burma's military leaders are taking.

They also agreed to encourage Burma to make further progress toward democratization and the respect of human rights.

Gambari told reporters in India that he plans to visit Burma soon, but did not give a specific date. Gambari arrived in New Delhi earlier this week from Beijing where he also met with Chinese leaders to discuss Burma's political situation.

Gambari is scheduled to travel next to Japan for further meetings.

Rights groups have criticized India and China's continued investments in Burma, saying such ventures help support a government accused of human rights violations.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.