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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar junta chief meets UN special envoy in Jakarta

ASEAN chair considers former Indonesian foreign minister for Myanmar portfolio

Myanmar junta chief Gen. Min Aung Hlaing is noncommital toward a request from U.N. special envoy Christine Schraner Burgener to visit the country. (Source photos by Reuters and AP)

BANGKOK -- The United Nations special envoy for Myanmar met junta chief Gen. Min Aung Hlaing on the sidelines of a special summit of ASEAN leaders in Jakarta on Saturday, according to senior regional diplomats.

During his conversation with Christine Schraner Burgener, the junta chief defended his Feb. 1 takeover of the country, claiming massive fraud in elections in November. During the talks, the U.N. envoy requested permission to visit Myanmar, but there was no immediate answer on whether the junta would grant her access, according to ASEAN sources.

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