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UK Sends Top Military Chief to Burma

3 June 2013

Britain’s top military chief, Gen Sir David Richards, is making a two-day visit to Burma, according to a report by the UK’s Sky News network. Richards will meet with Burmese military leaders as well as President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the report said. The visit was described as “significant” because Richards is the highest-ranking military official to visit Burma since 1962, when the Burmese military seized power in a bloody coup. Richards is expected to congratulate the current government on its reforms over the past two years. He will also report on his assessment of the situation in Burma human rights abuses continue unabated, when he returns to the UK.