Thailand proposes multilateral talks on Myanmar

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Bangkok, Oct 15 (UNI) Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont today proposed multilateral talks involving ASEAN, China and India under UN auspices to help resolve the political standoff in Myanmar.

Talking to reporters after the meeting with the UN envoy, Mr Surayud said the Thai foreign minister would write to Myanmar's rulers this week asking them to allow an early visit by the UN envoy and permitting him to stay in the country till his mission was completed.

The Thai premier also suggested Mr Gambari that Thailand could play a role similar to the United States and other parties in the six-party talks over North Korea.

''We'll be able to reach the decision during the ASEAN Summit in Singapore in November,'' he said. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) includes Myanmar.

Human rights activists also rallied in front of the Prime Minister's Office here today demanding the release of all political prisoners in Myanmar.

UNI

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