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

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

On behalf of United Nations General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, Vice-President Raymond Wolfe received today a briefing by the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General, Ibrahim Gambari, on his latest visit to Myanmar from 31 January to 3 February in the context of the good offices mandate entrusted to the Secretary-General by the General Assembly.

The President of the General Assembly welcomes the fact that in the course of his visit at the invitation of the Government of Myanmar and on behalf of the Secretary-General, the Special Adviser was able to extend his political facilitation role with both the Government, including Prime Minister Thein Sein, and members of the Opposition, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and members of ethnic nationality groups, as well as other relevant interlocutors.

The President appreciates the importance all interlocutors in Myanmar attach to the good offices process, and wishes to encourage the Government of Myanmar to seize this opportunity to further demonstrate its commitment to cooperating with the Secretary-General’s good offices through tangible results in response to the specific suggestions made by the Special Adviser during his visit. The President also joins the Secretary-General in calling on both the Government and the Opposition to resume substantive dialogue without preconditions and without further delay.

The President reiterates his continuous support for the Secretary-General’s good offices and for Mr. Gambari’s efforts on behalf of the Secretary-General. He 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 support of the Secretary-General’s good offices efforts. The President reaffirms the General Assembly continued engagement to promote national reconciliation, democracy and respect for human rights in Myanmar as mandated by the resolutions of the General Assembly.

New York, 19 February 2009