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Myanmar's Suu Kyi calls UN envoy visit encouraging

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Posted: Aug 24, 2011 9:58 AM
Myanmar's Suu Kyi calls UN envoy visit encouraging

Myanmar's pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi says she is encouraged after meeting with the U.N. human rights envoy to Myanmar.

Suu Kyi says Wednesday's 90-minute meeting in Yangon with Tomas Ojea Quintana and leaders of her disbanded National League for Democracy focused on Myanmar's more than 2,000 political prisoners and other human rights issues.

She says Quintana has a "genuine will to help improve human rights conditions in Myanmar."

Quintana says he has had "fruitful meetings" with government ministers and representatives of political parties. He will brief the media Thursday.

His five-day visit to Myanmar is his first since a nominally civilian government took power in March. He was refused a visa for over a year.