APPPB Update November 9, 2007

APPPB Update: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi met UN Envoy & her Statement (08/11/07) 

Dear All,

FYI, below is the text of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's statement released by the UN Special Envoy, Mr. Gambari on November 8 that AP news sent out.

Mr. Gambari met Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon after his return from new capital Naypyidaw yesterday on Nov 8. Witnesses saw a convoy of three cars, the last filled with riot police, drive her from the residence where she is under house arrest to a nearby state guest house. After about an hour, she was driven home and Gambari headed to Rangoon airport, Irrawaddy reported. Details of their meeting were not immediately available. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi authorized Mr. Gambari to make a statement on her behalf.

On the other hand, the SPDC has just announced that it will allow Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to meet her party's officials Friday on November 9, the first such meeting in more than three years.

Although Mr. Gambari is positive on his meetings, the absence of a meeting between Gambari and the SPDC's No. 1 Senior General Than Shwe—and the regime's rejection of a proposed three-way meeting involving Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a junta member and Gambari to promote reconciliation— suggested that Gambari's mission has accomplished little.

Special Envoy also met with (3) representatives of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's party, the National League for Democracy, for 45 minutes on Thursday in the new capital, Naypyidaw.

Gambari returned to Rangoon on Thursday after several days of talks in Naypyidaw with government officials and other parties, including executives of the National Unity Party— formerly the Burma Socialist Programme Party of late dictator Ne Win, and also delivered a letter from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed to junta chief Snr-Gen Than Shwe— who had refused to receive Gambari.

The UN issued a statement on November 7 which said SPDC's support for Gambari's efforts and invited him to return to Burma.

The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Burma, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, will be going to Burma for five-day visit starting Sunday, November 11.

This is all for now and will send you a comprehensive update in a sooner time. FYI, please find the text of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's statement released by the U.N. Envoy that was sent out by AP news.

In Solidarity,

Khin Ohmar

Coordinator, APPPB

Text of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's statement released by the U.N. Envoy

Associated Press  - 08 November 2007

SINGAPORE  - Following is the text of the statement by Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, released Thursday by U.N. envoy Ibrahim Gambari.

 -     I wish to thank all those who have stood by my side all this time, both inside and outside my country. I am also grateful to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, for his unwavering support for the cause of national reconciliation, democracy and human rights in my country.

-     I welcome the appointment on 8 October of Minister Aung Kyi as Minister for Relations. Our first meeting on 25 October was constructive and I look forward to further regular discussions. I expect that this phase of preliminary consultations will conclude soon so that a meaningful and timebound dialogue with the SPDC leadership can start as early as possible.

-     In the interest of the nation, I stand ready to cooperate with the Government in order to make this process of dialogue a success and welcome the necessary good offices role of the United Nations to help facilitate our efforts in this regard.

-     In full awareness of the essential role of political parties in democratic societies, in deep appreciation of the sacrifices of the members of my party and in my position as General Secretary, I will be guided by the policies and wishes of the National League for Democracy. However, in this time of vital need for democratic solidarity and national unity, it is my duty to give constant and serious considerations to the interests and opinions of as broad a range of political organizations and forces as possible, in particular those of our ethnic nationality races.

-     To that end, I am committed to pursue the path of dialogue constructively and invite the Government and all relevant parties to join me in this spirit.

-     I believe that stability, prosperity and democracy for my country, living at peace with itself and with full respect for human rights, offers the best prospect for my country to fully contribute to the development and stability of the region in close partnership with its neighbors and fellow ASEAN members, and to play a positive role as a respected member of the international community.