Myanmar: UN envoy concludes Asian consultations

12 February 2009

On the heels of his most recent visit to Myanmar, the top United Nations envoy to the South-East Asian nation has wrapped up consultations in the region on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

In Beijing, Special Adviser Ibrahim Gambari held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei, which whom he discussed the outcome of his four-day visit to Myanmar.

Mr. Gambari then travelled to Tokyo, where he met with Japanese Foreign Minister Nakasone and Deputy Foreign Minister Kenichiro Sasae. They conferred on how the international community can support the Secretary-General’s good offices efforts to promote the engagement in a democratic process by the people and Government of Myanmar.

During his visit to Myanmar, the fifth to the country in the past year and a half, the envoy met with Government officials and opposition and other political parties, including with detained pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Last week, the Secretary-General called on the country’s Government and opposition to resume substantive talks leading to national dialogue and reconciliation.

Security Council President Yukio Takasu of Japan told reporters today that Mr. Gambari will brief the 15-member body on 20 February.

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