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COUNTRIES: MYANMAR: Myanmar Denies U.N. Chief a Visit with Suu Kyi

David P. Dillard


Myanmar Denies U.N. Chief a Visit with Suu Kyi

Myanmar Denies U.N. Chief a Visit with Suu Kyi
July 4, 2009 -- Updated 0657 GMT (1457 HKT)
CNN Asia

Story Highlights

UN chief was denied permission to see Myanmar pro-democracy leader

Resumption of trial of Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Suu Kyi is on trial over allegations of subversion

(CNN) -- United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon was denied permission to see
Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, reporters traveling with
the secretary-general said Saturday.

Ban told reporters about the denial after he met with Than Shwe, leader of
Myanmar's military junta.

Ban is in Myanmar at the invitation of the ruling military junta for talks
that are expected to include the detention of Suu Kyi, as well as the
detention of other political prisoners.

Officials in Myanmar delayed the resumption of the trial of Suu Kyi
Friday. The delay is the latest in a string of postponements and came as
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in the Asian nation for talks
with government officials.

"The secretary-general believes that the sooner these issues are
addressed, the earlier Myanmar will be able to move towards peace,
democracy and prosperity," Michele Montas, Ban's spokeswoman, said this
week. "He looks forward to meeting all key stakeholders to discuss what
further assistance the United Nations can offer to that end."

Myanmar's government has said next year's scheduled elections will
reintroduce democracy in the country.

Suu Kyi -- the face of Myanmar's pro-democracy movement -- is on trial on
allegations of subversion. The Nobel Peace Prize winner and two of her
maids have been charged in a May 3 incident in which an American, John
William Yettaw, 53, swam across a lake to her house and stayed for at
least a night.


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