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Manila's Ramos seeks meeting with S

  "Manila's Ramos seeks meeting with Suu Kyi"

    MANILA, Oct 7 (Reuter) - President Fidel Ramos has asked to
meet Burmese dissident leader Aung San Suu Kyi when he visits
Burma next week but has not received any positive response from
Rangoon's military rulers, a Philippine diplomat said on
    Manila is arranging the proposed meeting through diplomatic
channels, said the diplomat who asked not to be identified.
    Burma's State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) is
yet to respond to the request but lower ranking Rangoon
officials have told Manila the SLORC considers it a 'very
sensitive' matter, the diplomat said.
    Ramos is to leave next week for visits to Hong Kong on
October 13-15, Burma on October 15-17 and Laos October 17-18.
    Ramos would be the first head of state from the Association
of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to visit Burma since that
country was admitted by the group in July as a new member.
    ASEAN also includes the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand,
Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam and Laos.
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