New York, 30 May 2006 - Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on MyanmarThe Secretary-General was deeply disappointed to learn that the Myanmar authorities have extended the detention under house arrest of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the General Secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD). He believes Myanmar's leadership has missed a significant opportunity to confirm, through concrete actions, its expressed commitment to move toward true national reconciliation and all-inclusive democracy, as well as improved relations with the international community.
Despite this setback, the international community cannot abandon the search for improvements in the difficult situation in Myanmar. The Secretary-General will continue to make every effort to secure not only the relase of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other political detainees, but also to urge Myanmar's authorities to take other steps they discussed with the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Ibrahim Gambari, during his recent visit to the country. These include improved safety and access for humanitarian assistance, restraint in military operations that have affected civilians, and- ultimately – the possibility of internal dialogue that could lead to national reconciliation.