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Burma's top leader has agreed to let all foreign aid workers into the country for relief work in cyclone-hit areas, UN head Ban Ki-moon has said.
After talks in Burma's remote capital, Naypyidaw, with Gen Than Shwe, Mr Ban said the decision was a breakthrough.
But correspondents say Burma has a record of withdrawing promises made to the UN, and it is not clear how much access aid workers will get.
About 78,000 people died and 56,000 are missing after the 2 May cyclone.
The BBC's Chris Hogg in Bangkok, Thailand, says one of the first priorities for foreign experts was to get a more accurate picture of needs on the ground.
But it is not clear whether they will be granted unfettered access to the worst-affected areas.
Nor is it clear whether Gen Than has agreed to give visas to foreign aid workers or let them into the Irrawaddy Delta to deliver aid.
The offer also does not specify whether both civilian and military aid workers are included.
Burma has so far refused entry to foreign military personnel, and has asked for helicopters from further afield, mainly Africa, rather than use US helicopters stationed off its coast.