Malaysia's Razali to try reviving talks on Myanmar

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  • Friday, 16 May 2003

BANGKOK: UN envoy Tan Sri Razali Ismail, who helped start reconciliation talks between Myanmar's junta and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, will return to the country next month in a bid to rekindle the dialogue which stalled recently, a newspaper reported yesterday. 

Razali is expected to make his 10th trip to Myanmar starting June 6, the Bangkok Post reported, quoting a Myanmar government spokesman. 

An independent confirmation of the report could not be immediately obtained. 

Razali visited Myanmar last November, but is reported to have been denied a visa since then. 

He initiated talks between the junta and Suu Kyi in October 2000, ending a decades-old political deadlock. But analysts and the democracy leader, who was released last May after 19 months of house arrest, say the talks have foundered. 

Myanmar has been ruled by the military since 1962. The current junta came to power in 1988 after crushing a pro-democracy uprising. 

The military government held elections in 1990, but refused to hand over power when Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won overwhelmingly. 

The regime has released a few hundred political prisoners since Suu Kyi's release, but more than 1,200 are believed to remain behind bars. – AP  

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