11 October 2007
Security Council
SC/9139

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Security Council

5757th Meeting* (PM)


SECURITY COUNCIL DEPLORES VIOLENCE USED AGAINST MYANMAR DEMONSTRATORS,


STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF EARLY RELEASE FOR ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS


Presidential Statement Reaffirms Strong Support

For Recent Good Offices Mission, Early Return to Facilitate Tangible Results


Strongly deploring the use of violence against peaceful demonstrators in Myanmar, the Security Council this afternoon welcomed the recent mission by Ibrahim Gambari, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, to Myanmar.


In a statement read by its President Leslie Kojo Christian ( Ghana), the Council emphasized the importance of the early release of all political prisoners and remaining detainees.  It called on the Government and all parties concerned to work together towards a de-escalation of the situation and a peaceful solution.


The Council stressed the need for the Government of Myanmar to create the necessary conditions, for a “genuine” dialogue with all concerned parties and ethnic groups.  It welcomed the Government’s public commitment to work with the United Nations and the appointment of a liaison officer with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, but stressed the importance of follow-up by action.  In that regard, the Council underscored its support for Mr. Gambari’s return as early as possible in order to facilitate concrete actions and tangible results.


The Council reaffirmed its “strong and unwavering” support for the Secretary-General’s good offices mission.  It welcomed Human Rights Council resolution S-5/1 of 2 October, as well as the important role played by the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries in urging restraint, calling for a peaceful transition to democracy and supporting the good offices mission.


The meeting, which started at 1:35 p.m., was adjourned at 1:41 p.m.


Presidential Statement


The full text of presidential statement S/PRST/2007/37 reads, as follows:


“The Security Council welcomes the recent mission by the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser to Myanmar Mr. Ibrahim Gambari, reaffirms its strong and unwavering support for the Secretary-General’s good offices mission as mandated by General Assembly resolution 61/232, and expresses its appreciation for the personal engagement of the Secretary-General.


“The Security Council strongly deplores the use of violence against peaceful demonstrations in Myanmar and welcomes Human Rights Council resolution S-5/1 of 2 October 2007.  The Security Council emphasizes the importance of the early release of all political prisoners and remaining detainees.  It also calls on the Government of Myanmar and all other parties concerned to work together towards a de-escalation of the situation and a peaceful solution.


“The Security Council stresses the need for the Government of Myanmar to create the necessary conditions for a genuine dialogue with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all concerned parties and ethnic groups, in order to achieve an inclusive national reconciliation with the direct support of the United Nations.  The Security Council encourages the Government of Myanmar to consider seriously Mr. Gambari’s recommendations and proposals.  The Security Council also calls on the Government of Myanmar to take all necessary measures to address the political, economic, humanitarian, and human rights issues that are the concern of its people and emphasizes that the future of Myanmar lies in the hands of all of its people.


“The Security Council welcomes the Government of Myanmar’s public commitment to work with the United Nations and the appointment of a liaison officer with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.  The Security Council stresses the importance that such commitments are followed by action.  It acknowledges that the Government of Myanmar had invited Mr. Gambari to Myanmar.  It underscores its support for his return as early as possible, in order to facilitate concrete actions and tangible results.  The Security Council urges the Government of Myanmar and all parties concerned to cooperate fully with Mr. Gambari.


“The Security Council welcomes the important role played by the ASEAN countries in urging restraint, calling for a peaceful transition to democracy, and supporting the good offices mission.  It notes that the good offices mission is a process, and encourages the sustained support and engagement of the international community in helping Myanmar.


“The Security Council remains seized of the matter.”


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*     The 5755th and 5756th Meetings were closed.



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