Gambari to brief UNSC on Myanmar
UN Special Envoy on Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, would brief the UN Security Council on Wednesday morning (IST) on his five-day visits to the country last week.
During his visit, he held talks with military junta and pro-democracy leaders including Aung San Suu Kyi towards a national reconciliation process.
The special meeting on the Security Council on the current situation on Myanmar would be in two phases, on the pattern similar to the meeting held last month.
While the portion of meeting wherein Gambari would present his report and brief the Security Council on his visit to key Asian nations like India, China and Japan followed by his trip to Myanmar, would be open, the consultations thereafter has been scheduled as closed.
This is the fourth time that Gambari would brief the Security Council on Myanmar after the popular civic unrest broke in the country in August against increase in prices of essential items including petrol.
Earlier on Monday, Gambari briefed UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, over phone on his trip to Myanmar preceded by visit to key Asian nations, who can play a significant role in resolving the current crisis. Ban is currently travelling to Latin America and Europe.
Following the telephonic briefing, Ban welcomed the desire shown by both the military junta and the Aung San Suu Kyi to start a dialogue process aimed at breaking present impasse in the country.
''As a result of this visit, a process has been launched that will hopefully lead to a meaningful and substantive dialogue with concrete outcomes within an agreed timeframe,'' said Marie Okabe, deputy spokesperson for Secretary-General.
''The Secretary-General welcomes the willingness expressed by both sides to work with the United Nations to this end,'' she said.
Reiterating that return to the status quo that existed before the crisis is not sustainable, the spokesperson said Ban encourages the government and all relevant parties to redouble their efforts towards achieving national reconciliation, democracy and full respect for human rights.
''He looks forward to his Special Adviser's early return to Myanmar, as part of an open and regular process of mutual engagement,'' the spokesperson said.
Gambari returned to New York over the weekend after a five-day visit to Burma wherein he met the leaders of the military junta, except for the Senior General, Than Shaw, the opposition leader and Nobel Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, and members of the National League of Democracy.
At the end of his visit, Aung San Suu Kyi, issued a statement in which she expressed her willingness to start a dialogue process with the military junta in large interest of Burma, while a similar stand too was taken by Burmese rulers, which was reflected in a rare front story published in this regard in the official daily The New Light of Myanmar.
During the meeting the Security Council is also expected to take stock of situation in Mynamar and the progress made by the military junta on the unanimous presidential statement issued by it on October 11.
The first-of-its-kind presidential statement, issued after several days of intense negotiations among members of the Security Council, strongly deplored the Mynamar military government's crackdown on peaceful protestors, which left a number of people dead and detention of hundreds.
Underscoring the need for a dialogue between the pro-democracy opposition led by Aung San Suu Kyi and the military government, the presidential statement emphasized the importance of the early release of all political prisoners and the remaining detainees.
The statement also urged Myanmar government to take all necessary measures to address the political, economic, humanitarian and human rights issues that are the concern of its people, and emphasized that the future of Burma lies in the hands of all its people.
Though non-binding in nature, the statement also welcomed the Mynamar government's public commitment to work with the UN and the appointment of a liaison officer to negotiate with Aung San Suu Kyi.
Soon after the issue of presidential statement, Ban Ki-Moon dispatched Gambari to the region.