Top UN envoy on Myanmar visits Singapore

Top UN envoy on Myanmar visits Singapore

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, today arrived in Singapore on the first leg of an Asian trip that will also take him to Bangkok, Thailand; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Jakarta, Indonesia.

Mr. Gambari is scheduled to meet with senior government officials at each stop on his itinerary, a UN spokesperson told reporters in New York.

All of the Special Adviser’s consultations are taking place within the context of the Secretary-General’s good offices mandate for Myanmar.

In June, Mr. Gambari visited European and Asian capitals for talks with government authorities.

When he was appointed Special Adviser in May, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson said in a statement that Mr. Ban “looks forward to the cooperation of the Government of Myanmar and all relevant parties to the national reconciliation process, with a view to making tangible progress towards the restoration of democracy and the protection of human rights.”