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

The President of the General Assembly is following developments in Myanmar very closely. He expressed his grave concern over the situation while meeting this morning with the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General, Ibrahim Gambari and receiving from him a first hand account of his recent mission to the country.

The President stressed the continued interest of the General Assembly in resolving the human rights situation of Myanmar as expressed by a number of resolutions of the Assembly. In the spirit of those resolutions he strongly condemns violence and the use of force in resolving the situation and calls for the release of all political detainees, the leaders of the National League for Democracy, including Aung San Suu Kyi.

Reiterating the General Assembly's most recent resolution on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Resolution 61/232, the President calls on the Government of Myanmar to permit all political representatives and representatives of ethnic nationalities to participate fully in the political transition process without restrictions and resume without further delay dialogue with all political actors to complete the drafting of the Constitution and set a clear timetable for the transition to democracy.

The President expresses his full support for continuing the good offices efforts of the Secretary-General and urges the authorities in Myanmar to grant full access to his Special Envoy.

New York, 5 October 2007

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