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UN chief meets junta leader to seek release of political prisoners

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Latest update : 2009-07-03

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon held talks with the chief of Burma's military junta, General Than Shwe (pictured), at the start of a two-day trip to the country to press for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners.

AFP - UN chief Ban Ki-moon said he asked the head of Myanmar's ruling junta Friday for permission to see democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi but is still waiting for a reply.
   
Ban said he had also reiterated to military ruler Than Shwe that the regime must free the opposition leader and all other political prisoners ahead of elections due next year.
   
"I told him that I wanted to meet her in person. He told me that she is on trial but I told him this is my proposal, this is important and I am waiting for their consideration and reply," Ban told reporters in the capital Naypyidaw.

Date created : 2009-07-03

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