ဂမ္ဗလာေရ၊ လုပ္ေပးပါဦး၊ဒုိ.ျပန္ဆုံခ်င္ေနျပီ၊လြမ္းလုိက္တာဗ်၊International Herald Tribune
Myanmar party hopes envoy visit will revive talks
The Associated Press
Sunday, August 17, 2008
YANGON, Myanmar: Myanmar’s main opposition party said Sunday that it hopes a visit this week from the U.N. special envoy will help restart stalled talks between pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the ruling junta.
U.N. special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, who is promoting national reconciliation and democratic reform in Myanmar, will spend five days in the country starting Monday.
“We hope that Mr. Gambari would be able to revive the stalled dialogue,” said Nyan Win, spokesman for Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy.
He said the U.N.-brokered talks between the junta’s specially appointed minister Aung Kyi and Suu Kyi, who remains under house arrest, began in October 2007 but stopped at the end of January after five meetings.
This will be Gambari’s fourth visit to the country since the military junta violently suppressed anti-government protests last September, sparking a global outcry.
Gambari last visited Myanmar in March, a trip he described as a disappointment. Although the envoy was allowed to meet Suu Kyi he had no access to senior junta leaders.
The military has held authoritarian power in the Southeast Asian nation since 1962 and has been widely criticized for suppressing basic freedoms and human rights.