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UN envoy to meet Myanmar's rulers in early March
Published in Saudi Press Agency on 21 - 02 - 2008


Myanmar's military rulers have
agreed to meet a U.N. envoy in March to discuss the country's
"roadmap to democracy", including its plans to bar opposition
leader Aung San Suu Kyi from taking part in elections, the
envoy said on Thursday, according to Reuters.
In a surprise move, the former Burma's ruling generals this
month announced a referendum in May on a new constitution, to
be followed by an election in 2010. If held, the poll would be
the first since a 1990 election whose outcome the military
ignored.
"What is important for us is to work together with them,
with the neighbouring countries, with ASEAN and the
international community to enhance the credibility of this
constitutional process, to make national reconciliation more
inclusive," said Ibrahim Gambari, the United Nations special
envoy to Myanmar.
Gambari, speaking to reporters after meeting Indonesia's
foreign minister in Jakarta, said he would visit Myanmar in the
first week in March. The junta had previously proposed a
mid-April date.


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