Mar 9, 2008

Burma rejects independent observers

Burma rejects independent observers
Burma's military government has rejected a call from the United Nations for independent observers to be allowed to monitor a referendum on the new constitution due to take place in May.
Burmese state television said such a move would infringe the country's sovereignty. The rejection is a further blow to the United Nations envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, who offered UN observers and technical assistance for the referendum when he held talks with Burmese officials on Friday.
He met the detained pro-democracy leader,Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, earlier on Saturday, but has so far been unable to meet Burma's military leaders during his latest visit to press for reforms.

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