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Senior US Diplomat to Visit Burma This Week

Burmese officials say a senior U.S. diplomat will arrive in Burma Tuesday for the first high-level talks between the two countries since the release from house arrest of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The officials say U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific Joseph Y. Yun is scheduled to spend four days in Burma. He is expected to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi as well as political and military leaders.

The Nobel peace laureate was released from seven years of house arrest on November 13, just days after the country held its first parliamentary elections in 20 years.

U.S. President Barack Obama and other Western leaders accused the military government of stealing the election by imposing rules that made it impossible for opposition parties to compete effectively.

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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell visited Burma in November 2009 and May of this year. He was allowed to meet Aung San Suu Kyi, then still under house arrest, during his second visit.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.