Myanmar to expel UN country head: Diplomat

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Bangkok, Nov 2: Myanmar's military junta is preparing to expel United Nations country chief Charles Petrie for a statement he issued last month drawing attention to deepening poverty, a diplomat said today.

Petrie had been summoned to a meeting in the former Burma's new capital, Naypyitaw, for an official dressing down for the Oct 24 statement, the diplomat said.

Afterwards, he and colleagues were given a letter saying the military government would not support any request by the UN to renew Petrie's assignment, due to end ''pretty much now'', the diplomat said.

Petrie is the UN's most senior diplomat in Yangon and had been laying the groundwork for the second visit tomorrow of special envoy Ibrahim Gambari since September's bloody crackdown on monk-led pro-democracy protests.

Reuters>

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