United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel this week to Burma, where the government is under growing pressure to accept a full-scale international relief operation for cyclone survivors.
A U.N. spokeswoman says Mr. Ban is expected to arrive on Wednesday. U.N. officials say Burma's military leader, Than Shwe, has refused to accept the U.N. chief's telephone calls and has ignored two letters sent by Mr. Ban since Cyclone Nargis hit May third.
The top U.N. relief official, John Holmes, arrived in Burma's main city, Rangoon, Sunday, to press the military government to open the country to increased international assistance.
And a senior British official, Asia minister Mark Malloch-Brown said Sunday that a turning point in Burma's willingness to accept international assistance may be near. He did not elaborate.