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Myanmar: Press release 7 Nov 2007 - United Nations Special Advisor met with Prime Minister

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Yangon, 7 November 2007 - The Secretary-General's Special Advisor on Myanmar, Mr Ibrahim Gambari, met today with Myanmar's new Prime Minister General Thein Sein, to whom he delivered a letter from the Secretary-General addressed to Senior General Than Shwe. He and the Prime Minister had open and detailed discussions on ways to further improve Myanmar's cooperation with the United Nations to address the country's political, human rights, humanitarian and socioeconomic challenges in the wake of the recent crisis. While taking note of the views of the Myanmar Government, Mr Gambari stressed that a return to the status quo before the crisis would not be sustainable, and suggested specific steps for Myanmar to meet international expectations in this regard. These include the need for dialogue with the opposition without delay as part of an inclusive national reconciliation process, as well as necessary confidence-building measures in the humanitarian and socioeconomic areas, including the establishment of a broad-based poverty alleviation commission. The Prime Minister reiterated his Government's full support for and confidence in Mr Gambari's efforts on behalf of the Secretary-General, and invited him to return to Myanmar in continuation of the good offices process. Mr Gambari also met with the new Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development Council, Lt-General Thiha Thura Tin Aung Myint Oo.

Later in the day, Mr Gambari met the diplomatic corps in Myanmar to provide an update on his visit so far. Mr Gambari stressed the ongoing nature of the good offices process, aimed at producing qualitative results in cooperation with the Government and people of Myanmar. He welcomed the expressions of continued support from the international community for the Secretary-General's good offices efforts and the work of the United Nations Country Team in Myanmar.

Tomorrow, Mr Gambari is scheduled to meet with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for the fifth time since his first visit to Myanmar, members of the Central Executive Committee of her National League for Democracy party, officials of the National Unity Party, and other relevant interlocutors, as well as the United Nations Country Team in Yangon.

Mr Gambari is scheduled to return to United Nations headquarters by Monday 12 November. ENDS