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Burma Says Diplomat Abused Hospitality by Meeting Democracy Leader

February 22, 1996

RANGOON, Burma (AP) _ Burma’s military government has accused a U.N. official of abusing its hospitality by meeting with democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a state-run newspaper said Thursday.

Giorgio Giacomelli, executive director of the U.N. Drug Control Program, met with the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner on the last day of his Feb. 7-11 visit to Burma.

Mrs. Suu Kyi was released from her 6-year house arrest last July, but Burmese military leaders have told foreign leaders and diplomats they are not welcome to visit Burma _ now also known as Myanmar _ if they want to meet with her.

Giacomelli and Mrs. Suu Kyi talked negatively about the Burmese government’s anti-narcotics efforts, the New Light of Myanmar said in an op-ed piece titled ``Joining Hands Against Drug Menace.″

Belittling the government’s anti-narcotics measures ``was incompatible with the status of a gentleman,″ it said.

The piece did not refer to Mrs. Suu Kyi by name, but as ``the wife of the man with the long nose,″ a reference to her British husband, Michael Aris.

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