New York

25 July 2011

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Myanmar

The Secretary-General welcomes the meeting today in Yangon between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Minister for Social Welfare U Aung Kyi. He notes that the parties have expressed satisfaction at their positive talks and their intention to cooperate further on matters beneficial to the people of Myanmar.

The Secretary-General encourages such contacts and dialogue. It will be recalled that his Special Adviser, had meetings with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Minister Aung Kyi during his recent visit to Myanmar.

In line with the international community's expectations and Myanmar's national interest, the Secretary-General hopes such efforts will continue with a view to building mutual understanding through genuine dialogue. He also calls upon the Government of Myanmar to consider early action on the release of political prisoners in that country.