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UN Chief To Send Senior Envoy To Myanmar

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday that he was planning to send a senior envoy to the cyclone-devastated Burma, in an effort to persuade the country's ruling military regime to accept foreign assistance in its relief efforts.

Ban said that he would send John Holmes, the UN's top humanitarian official, in the next UN aid flight into Burma to negotiate with the junta regarding accepting help from foreign aid experts. Ban said he "regretted" the UN had spent more time arranging rather than delivering help.

"Even though the Myanmar government has shown some sense of flexibility, at this time it's far, far too short," Ban said.

So far, Myanmar's military regime has refused to accept any foreign help in carrying out relief efforts in the cyclone-hit country saying that it will distribute the relief supplies among the needy, by itself.

Though Myanmar's military regime accepts the international relief aid, it has imposed strict restrictions on foreign involvement in the cyclone relief efforts despite repeated appeals by the international community.

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