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Myanmar: UN Ends Reconciliation Trip


Myanmar: UN Envoy Wraps Up Latest Trip In Push For National Reconciliation

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy has http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2004/sgsm9183.doc.htm concluded a visit this week to Myanmar, where he continued efforts to facilitate national reconciliation and democratization based on the participation of all parties concerned in the country’s process for a democratic transition. Razali Ismail was in the country from 1 to 4 March for talks with Government officials, including Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt and Foreign Minister Win Aung. He also met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior members of the National League for Democracy (NLD), as well as representatives of various ethnic nationality groups.

“During these meetings, the Special Envoy emphasized the need for all the parties, in the name of the people of Myanmar, to turn over a new page so as to make the democratic transitional process all-inclusive and credible,” UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said at a press briefing in New York.

“In this context, he was encouraged by the expressions of commitment of the Prime Minister to implement, in an all-inclusive manner, the Government’s seven-step roadmap, starting with the reconvening of the National convention,” he added.

According to the spokesman, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi indicated to Mr. Razali during their discussion that she and her colleagues from the NLD’s Central Executive Committee should be released and allowed to resume political activities, and for the offices of the NLD to be reopened.

Despite the unfortunate events of Depeyin on 30 May 2003, she also indicated her willingness to work for a “harmonized” relationship with Prime Minister Khin Nyunt’s government in order to move process ahead, Mr. Eckhard said, referring to the place where NLD members were attacked and some arrested.

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