Myanmar agrees to receive UN envoy

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UNITED NATIONS, Sep 27 (Reuters) Myanmar's military junta has agreed to receive a United Nations envoy to discuss the crisis in their country, a UN spokeswoman announced today.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had been ''informed by the Myanmar foreign minister that the secretary-general's special envoy will be welcomed by the Myanmar government,'' UN deputy spokeswoman Marie Okabe said. ''The secretary-general is pleased with this cooperation.'' The UN chief sent veteran diplomat Ibrahim Gambari on his mission after security forces used force to try to quell the biggest pro-democracy demonstrations in two decades, led by Buddhist monks.

He is now in Myanmar's eastern neighbor, Thailand.

Reuters PD DB2317

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