Yangon (AsiaNews) – For the first time in 3 years, today Aung San Suu Kyi was allowed to meet with members of her party in a government hotel in the former capital. The democratic leader – who for 12 years has been subjected to house arrest – also met with the junta member delegated to “relations” with the opposition, appointed in the aftermath of the violent repression of recent protests.
The meeting with her party members (National League for Democracy) and the “continuation” of dialogue with the junta seem to be the only results obtained by Ibrahim Gambari who concluded his second mission to Myanmar, as the UN secretary general’s special envoy, to defuse the crises and urge the country to national reconciliation.
In the 6 day visit Gambari was not allowed meet with Junta chief, Than Shwe, but he was allowed to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi and some members of the opposition just before his departure.
Among the hoped for, but not obtained, results was the release of the 1000 political prisoners and the UN’s offer to mediate dialogue for national reconciliation.
On his arrival in Singapore yesterday evening, Gambari read a declaration of Aung San Suu Kyi in which she says that “in the interest of the nation”; she says that she is “ready to cooperate with the government in order to make this process of dialogue a success”. The democratic leader invites both the government and parties – including ethic groups – to share in “this spirit”.
After having thanked the UN and all of those who have supported her “both within and outside” Myanmar, the “First Lady” says she appreciates the junta’s nomination of a delegate for relations, Aung Kyi and describes their meeting of October 25th as “constructive”. But adds: “. I expect that this phase of preliminary consultations will conclude soon so that a meaningful and time bound dialogue with the (junta) leadership can start as early as possible”.
Many analysts are sceptical of the results obtained by Gambari, who will be in New York on November 12th to present his report to UN Secretary General Onu Ban Ki-moon. Meanwhile students continue to challenge the police on the streets of Yangon, gathering in protests which however last for a few minutes until the arrival of the military. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, UN human rights envoy, is expected to arrive in Myanmar on November 11th.