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UN wants action in Myanmar

Posted by jtsmyth8 on October 17, 2007

UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari wants Southeast Asian nations to turn their rhetoric on Myanmar into real action to achieve reforms, a senior source briefed by the diplomat said Wednesday.The diplomatic source said Gambari wants to ‘see what ASEAN governments are really prepared to do’ to resolve the crisis in Myanmar following its violent crackdown on anti-government protesters.

‘It is not enough for ASEAN countries to make statements expressing concern. They must now work together with the UN, China and India,’ the source told AFP, referring to the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

‘Gambari wants ASEAN to be really involved in monitoring what is happening in Myanmar, not just statements from conference to conference.’ The source was briefed by Gambari in Malaysia, where the UN envoy arrived Tuesday on a regional tour.

The regime in Myanmar has come under heavy international pressure since it violently suppressed pro-democracy protests last month led by Buddhist monks, triggering condemnation from around the world.

Gambari’s regional tour is aimed at increasing pressure on the ruling junta to halt its suppression of the peaceful rallies, release political detainees and launch talks with the pro-democracy opposition.

The diplomatic source said the Nigerian-born envoy wanted Southeast Asian governments – who have been criticised in the past for failing to tackle their troublesome neighbour – to step up to a new level of engagement on Myanmar.



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