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Ban asks Myanmar Govt, opposition to resume substantive talks

world Updated: Feb 06, 2009 12:16 IST
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Ban asks Myanmar govt

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked the government and the opposition in Myanmar to resume substantive talks for national reconciliation, after being briefed by his Special Adviser on the outcome of his latest visit to the South-East Asian nation.

Ibrahim Gambari briefed Ban on the visit, which took place from January 31 to February 3, during a meeting in New Delhi, the last stop on the Secretary-General's two-week travels through Europe, Africa and Asia.

"The Secretary-General took note that his Special Adviser was able to continue his consultations with both the Government of Myanmar, including Prime Minister Thein Sein, and key members of the opposition, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as other relevant interlocutors," UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York.

She said Ban looks forward to building on this visit with a view to further promoting national dialogue and reconciliation through his good offices, and "calls on the Government and opposition to resume substantive dialogue without preconditions and without further delay."