A UN envoy met ministers from Myanmar's military junta today to press for a meeting with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and discuss human rights ahead of elections this year.
The talks came as the opposition said a senior Buddhist monk had been jailed for seven years, becoming the sixth dissident to be jailed in a week as the regime steps up a crackdown on dissent.
On the fifth and final day of his trip to Myanmar, Tomas Ojea Quintana flew to the remote capital Naypyidaw for talks but was not meeting the regime's reclusive supremo, Senior General Than Shwe, officials said.
Quintana met Foreign Minister Nyan Win, Home Affairs minister Maung Oo, as well as the chief justice, attorney general and police chief, officials said.
"He will not see our senior general," a Myanmar official said on condition of anonymity. Details of Friday's talks were not immediately available.
Members of Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy said Quintana had told them at a meeting late Thursday that he had asked to meet Suu Kyi but had received no answer yet from the junta.
Quintana has not spoken publicly since arriving in Myanmar but said in a statement a week ago that "I hope that my request to the government to meet with... Aung San Suu Kyi will be granted this time."