Press Releases

    SG/SM/8327
    7 August 2002

    SECRETARY-GENERAL'S SPECIAL ENVOY LEAVES
    MYANMAR AFTER FIVE-DAY MISSION

    NEW YORK, 6 August (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokes- man for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    Razali Ismail, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Myanmar, left Yangon today after completing his five-day mission aimed at facilitating the national reconciliation process in Myanmar. It was his eighth mission and the first since the remaining restrictions on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s movement were lifted on 6 May.

    During his stay in Myanmar, Mr. Razali met separately with leaders of both the Government and the National League for Democracy (NLD), including Lt-Gen. Khin Nyunt, Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), and NLD General Secretary Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. He also met with the leaders of several ethnic nationality parties.

    Mr. Razali believes that the national reconciliation process will continue to evolve positively along a number of fronts; and in a way that corresponds with the "spirit" of the home-grown process that has developed thus far. He was informed by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi that as a result of her recent travels in the country, she was willing to cooperate with the Government in ways that directly benefit all the peoples of Myanmar and would contribute to the evolution of a democratic State.

    Mr. Razali hopes that the international community will nurture and encourage this process and respond appropriately.

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