Myanmar Government Agrees to Talk to Pro-Democracy Leader

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The chief U.N. envoy to Myanmar says the government's willingness to talk with a detained pro-democracy leader marks a "historic opportunity."

But the envoy is calling for the release of all political prisoners after a deadly crackdown on protesters.

He says he's "encouraged" that Myanmar's military ruler may be ready to meet with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi under certain conditions. Those include ending calls for international sanctions against Myanmar.

Also today, the U.N. secretary general condemned the use of force against peaceful demonstrators in Myanmar. Ban Ki-moon called the actions "abhorrent and unacceptable."

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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