European Delegation Meets Democracy Leader in Burma

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A European Union delegation visiting Burma has held talks with the country's main opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The delegation led by Robert Cooper, a special adviser to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, met with Burma's pro-democracy leader Tuesday in the coastal city of Rangoon.

Details of the talks were not disclosed, but Aung San Suu Kyi told reporters they were open and honest.

The EU delegation arrived in Burma Sunday and is the first official European group to visit Burma since its new government took power.

The European envoys met Monday with Burmese government officials, including Vice President Tin Aung Myint Oo and Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin in the administrative capital of Naypyitaw.

Before traveling to Burma, the delegates said they wanted to see whether the country's new government is serious about democratic reform. A long-ruling junta handed over power at the end of March to a new administration made up mostly of its own supporters.

Aung San Suu Kyi will deliver her video-recorded remarks on Burma's November elections to members of the U.S. Congress Wednesday.

The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific will hold a hearing on Burma's first election in 20 years.