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Monday, 30 April 2012 - 11:18
UN chief meets Myanmar reformist president
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UN chief Ban Ki-moon held landmark talks with Myanmar's president today in a high-profile show of support for changes sweeping through the country.

During his three-day visit, Ban is expected to urge further steps towards democracy and appeal for unfettered humanitarian access to tens of thousands of refugees who have fled ethnic conflict.

Ban is also due to meet opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on what is his first trip to the country formerly called Burma since decades of military rule ended last year.

It is a far cry from his previous visit in 2009 when the junta dismayed Ban by refusing to allow him to see the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who was under house arrest at the time.

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