Monday, November 05, 2007

U.N. Struggles To Broker Talks In Burma

Source: Associated Press via CBS News

Despite UN-Government Rift, Envoy Ibrahim Gambari Continues To Urge Political Reform

A U.N. envoy hoping to broker talks on political reform in Myanmar conferred with two Cabinet ministers Sunday but was unlikely to meet the junta's top leader because of its rift with the United Nations, diplomats said.

Envoy Ibrahim Gambari was on the second day of a mission to urge political reform and spur talks between the ruling generals and their pro-democracy opponents. It was his second visit since the junta violently suppressed anti-government demonstrations in September.

The envoy met with Nyan Win, the foreign minister, and Aung Kyi, the labor minister who also was appointed last month as the government liaison to pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the diplomats said.

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