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Myanmar: UN envoy told reconciliation process is 'back on track'

Myanmar: UN envoy told reconciliation process is 'back on track'

A United Nations envoy left Myanmar today after having received assurances by the Government that the national reconciliation process was on track despite a coup attempt uncovered in early March.

Razali Ismail, Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Envoy for Myanmar, was pleased by the Government's pledge and also encouraged to see that all parties remained committed to the process, a UN spokesman said at a press briefing in New York.

"He is hopeful that certain significant progress could take place shortly," the spokesman added.

During Mr. Razali's four-day visit, which was to help facilitate Myanmar's national reconciliation process, he met with the Prime Minister and Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), Senior General Than Shwe, Secretary-1 of the SPDC, Lt-Gen. Khin Nyunt, and other Government officials.

The Special Envoy also held separate discussions with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior officials of the National League for Democracy (NLD), "as well as representatives of several ethnic nationalities political parties," the statement said.