U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, left, poses with Myanmar Senior Gen. Than Shwe, right, on Friday May 23, 2008 in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Ban, on a mission to open up Myanmar to international disaster assistance, said the ruling junta agreed Friday to allow "all aid workers" into the country to help cyclone survivors. (AP Photo/Stan Honda, Pool)
Naypyitaw, Myanmar (AP) A crucial two-hour meeting between the U.N. Head and military leaders in reclusive Myanmar today may have produced a breakthrough for cyclone victims.
It's been three weeks since the storm hit the Southeast Asian nation. At least 78,000 people have been killed and some 2.5 million are in dire straits. Other countries, including the U.S., have been anxiously trying to get help to them but Myanmar's military rulers have been refusing to let most aid in.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has met with the country's top general today. Ban says the leader has agreed to allow “all aid workers” in. Asked if that's a breakthrough, Ban said, “I think so.”
Before now, the general has refused even to take the Secretary-General's calls.
Ban doesn't say whether foreign relief experts will be allowed into the devastated delta region. Most relief workers have been confined to Myanmar's main city, Yangon.