Britain's International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell (L) and Shwe Mann, Speaker of the Burmese Parliament (R)
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UK minister Andrew Mitchell begins visit to Burma

The UK's International Development Secretary has called for the release of all Burma's political prisoners on the first day of a visit to the country.

Andrew Mitchell is due to meet top government officials and the leader of Burma's democratic opposition, Aung San Suu Kyi, during his three-day trip.

He told the BBC there were "grounds for cautious optimism" about the prospect of reform.

The BBC's David Loyn reports.

  • 15 Nov 2011
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