Gambari: door open for "substantive dialogue"
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UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari says a path to "substantive dialogue" between Burma's junta and detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is now open, at the end of his six-day visit to the country.
between Myanmar's junta and detained opposition leader Aung San
Suu Kyi has been opened, U.N. special envoy Ibrahim Gambari
said on Thursday.
substantive dialogue between the Government and Daw Aung San
Suu Kyi as a key instrument in promoting national
reconciliation in an all-inclusive manner," he said in a
Myanmar," Gambari said at the end of a six-day visit to the
former Burma, a country ruled by the military for an unbroken
period of 45 years.
made in his mission to persuade the junta, which crushed
pro-democracy protests in September, to do a deal with Suu Kyi.
She has spent 12 of the last 18 years in detention.
weeks and continue talks "to achieve the goals which we all
share; prosperity, democracy and full respect for human
behalf "upon the close of his mission", the statement said.
progress in coaxing the ruling junta towards reform.
Kyi was returned under armed escort to house arrest at her
lakeside villa in Yangon.
Kyi's National League for Democracy, left for the airport to
return to U.N. headquarters in New York.
his second visit since at least 10 people, and probably more,
were killed in September's ruthless suppression of the biggest
pro-democracy protests in nearly 20 years.
the U.N.'s top resident diplomat to its new capital to tell him
he would be kicked out for a statement linking August's fuel
price protests to the dire state of the economy.
junta supremo Than Shwe and had a proposal for three-way talks
on political reform including himself, Suu Kyi and the military
rejected as premature.
against the United Nations, accusing it of being biased,
interfering and subservient to the whims of the United States.
carried in state media also showed disdain for anything but the
junta's seven-step "democracy roadmap", which Western
governments have dismissed as a sham to cement the generals'
grip on power.
visits, were stunned.
intention of cooperating with Gambari or of starting a process
of genuine political dialogue," one Yangon-based diplomat said.
"It's beyond them."
three-way dialogue, rehash it and then represent it as their
own initiative, former Australian ambassador Trevor Wilson
can demonstrate it's not outside pressure and outside
interference," Wilson said. "They very often don't come at
something first time around, particularly if it's not something
they thought of."
by a landslide, but was denied power by the military, which has
ruled in one form or another since a 1962 coup.
prospects on independence from Britain in 1948 -- has collapsed
under the weight of disastrous experiments with home-grown
socialism, corruption and, latterly, some Western sanctions.
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