UN’s Myanmar envoy leaves Tokyo, completing Asian consultations

28 February 2008

The United Nations’ top envoy for Myanmar finished his consultations in Tokyo today, wrapping up his meetings with Asian leaders on efforts to promote democratization and national reconciliation in the troubled country, where authorities used force against a wave of peaceful protests last summer.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser Ibrahim Gambari met with Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura and other senior Japanese officials, focusing on Japan's support to the Secretary-General’s good offices, including ways to help Myanmar address socio-economic and humanitarian challenges.

Prior to arriving in Tokyo, Mr. Gambari visited Beijing, Jakarta and Singapore and he will return to New York before heading to Myanmar next week. Exact dates for that visit are being finalized.

His visit to Myanmar will be the third to the South-East Asian nation since the authorities cracked down on Buddhist monks and other pro-democracy demonstrators in protests that began last August.


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