Thursday, November 8, 2007

Statement by Mr. Gambari on behalf of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

8 November 2007
As you know, I have just completed a mission to Myanmar from 3 to 8November, where I met today with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. In my capacity as Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for Myanmar, I wasauthorized by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to make the following statement onher behalf:• 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 theSecretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, for hisunwavering support for the cause of national reconciliation, democracyand human rights in my country.
• I welcome the appointment on 8 October of Minister Aung Kyi asMinister for Relations. Our first meeting on 25 October wasconstructive and I look forward to further regular discussions. Iexpect that this phase of preliminary consultations will conclude soon so that a meaningful and timebound dialogue with the SPDC leadershipcan start as early as possible.
• In the interest of the nation, I stand ready to cooperate with theGovernment in order to make this process of dialogue a success and welcome the necessary good offices role of the United Nations to helpfacilitate our efforts in this regard.
• In full awareness of the essential role of political parties indemocratic societies, in deep appreciation of the sacrifices of the members of my party and in my position as General Secretary, I will beguided by the policies and wishes of the National League forDemocracy. However, in this time of vital need for democraticsolidarity and national unity, it is my duty to give constant and serious considerations to the interests and opinions of as broad arange of political organizations and forces as possible, in particularthose 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 tojoin 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 thedevelopment and stability of the region in close partnership with itsneighbours and fellow ASEAN members, and to play a positive role as arespected member of the international community.
I am now scheduled to return to New York to brief theSecretary-General on all the aspects of my mission. I will thereforenot be able to take any questions at this time.

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