UN aide visits Myanmar to meet with new government

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Posted: May 11, 2011 3:16 AM
UN aide visits Myanmar to meet with new government

A top aide to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has arrived in Myanmar on an official visit to meet members of the country's newly elected government and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The three-day visit by Vijay Nambiar is the first by a top U.N. diplomat since a nominally civilian government took over from the ruling junta in March.

Officials said Nambiar was scheduled to meet high-ranking government officials Wednesday in the remote capital of Naypyitaw.

He was expected to meet Suu Kyi on Thursday in Yangon. The Nobel laureate was released from house arrest after the elections, which her party boycotted.

Critics say Myanmar's election was a charade to ensure continued military domination.