20 Jun '11, 4am

EU team in Myanmar for talks with new government

EU team in Myanmar for talks with new government

YANGON: A team of senior European Union diplomats has arrived in Myanmar for exploratory talks with the new government following the handover of power from the long-ruling junta, a Myanmar official said on Monday. Robert Cooper, special adviser to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, flew into the capital Naypyidaw on Sunday, joining EU special envoy Piero Fassino who arrived a day earlier, said the official, who asked not to be named. They were due to meet three ministers in the new nominally civilian but army-backed government, including the foreign minister, followed by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday in Yangon. The EU has declined to release details of the team's schedule. Myanmar's military junta was dissolved in March following the first election in 20 years in November and the release of Suu Kyi shortly afterwards. The transfer of power sparked...

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