STATEMENT ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SPOKESPERSON
OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

On meeting with Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari on the situation in Myanmar

United Nations General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim reiterated the General Assembly’s continued engagement to promote national reconciliation, democracy and respect for human rights in Myanmar as mandated by the resolutions of the General Assembly.

Following a detailed briefing today from Ibrahim Gambari, the Special Advisor of the Secretary-General, on his latest visit to Myanmar, the President encourages the Government of Myanmar to continue to work closely with the Special Advisor to achieve concrete progress on the suggestions he put forward during his recent visit.  The President also stressed the need for continued engagement and strong commitment from all parties to continue the process of national reconciliation, pointing out that such engagement must be serious and credible with the aim to lead to concrete results as envisaged by the relevant General Assembly resolutions.

The President reiterated his continuous support for the Secretary-General’s good offices and for Mr. Gambari’s efforts on behalf of the Secretary-General.

The President also notes the important role played by neighboring countries, ASEAN states and the Group of Friends of Myanmar and further encourages those countries to remain engaged in the political process.

New York
3 September 2008

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