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Annan Urges Myanmar To ‘Clarify Position’


Annan Urges Myanmar To ‘Clarify Position’ After National Convention Adjourned

Noting the recent decision by Myanmar’s Government to adjourn the country’s constitution-drafting convention, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged authorities, in light of their public commitments, to clarify their position with respect to the roadmap process for the country’s democratization and its timetable so as to dispel the continuing uncertainty surrounding this process.

“The Secretary-General also urges the Myanmar authorities to use this occasion to enhance inter-ethnic harmony and political stability by engaging the representatives of all ethnic nationality groups and political leaders in a substantive political dialogue aimed at national reconciliation,” said a statement issued by a UN spokesman.

The Secretary-General also reiterated the need for the remaining constraints on all political leaders to be lifted, offices of the National League for Democracy (NLD) to be allowed to reopen and for political prisoners, including elected officials, to be released, the statement said.

Calling on the Myanmar authorities to allow his Special Envoy Razali Ismail to return to the country as soon as possible so that he can facilitate efforts for resuming political dialogue among all the parties concerned, the Secretary-General further encouraged the Myanmar authorities to heed the friendly advice of its fellow ASEAN members to expedite its reform process.

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