Myanmar rejects three-way talks with UN, Suu Kyi
Myanmar's junta has rejected a UN proposal for three-way talks involving detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi following its crackdown on mass protests, state media reported on Wednesday.world Updated: Nov 07, 2007 18:36 IST
Myanmar's junta has rejected a UN proposal for three-way talks involving detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi following its crackdown on mass protests, state media reported on Wednesday.
The generals also rejected what they termed foreign or UN "interference" in their affairs, Information Minister Brigadier General Kyaw Hsan told visiting UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari during talks.
Their stance is a blow to Gambari's mission to push for democratic reforms after September's bloody repression of protests led by Buddhist monks, which the junta says left 10 people dead while diplomats put the toll far higher.
Gambari had proposed a meeting between himself, Aung San Suu Kyi and labour minister Aung Kyi, whom the junta appointed last month to liaise with her.
But Kyaw Hsan said "currently the tripartite meeting will not be possible," according to the New Light of Myanmar newspaper.
Gambari's mission- his second since the crackdown- appears increasingly unlikely to produce results, with the junta accusing the United Nations of bowing to US pressure to impose Security Council sanctions.
Kyaw Hsan said Gambari's previous visit "did not bear fruit as we had expected" and was followed by further international sanctions.
The minister said sanctions had not helped and insisted the junta would not be swayed by external pressure to bring about democratic reforms.
"I would like to point out that the previous pressures and sanctions did not provide any assistance to our democratisation process, and nor did the new pressures and sanctions of the US and EU," he told Gambari.
"If you wish to see democracy flourishing in Myanmar, you should try to persuade other nations to cooperate with us in assisting (us with) the task," Kyaw Hsan said.