UN envoy returns to Burma

Other News Materials 15 October 2007 04:49

(Breakingnews) - A top UN envoy arrived in Thailand today to renew efforts to negotiate political reconciliation in neighbouring Burma where the ruling junta crushed peaceful pro-democracy protests and continues to detain dissidents.

Ahead of Ibrahim Gambari's arrival, Burma's military rulers partially eased restrictions imposed after massive protests last month, restoring Internet access but keeping foreign news sites blocked.

Gambari is in Asia to coordinate a regional response to the crisis in Burma, but declined to comment on his mission to reporters at Bangkok's airport tonight, saying he would speak after meeting Thai officials tomorrow.

"I'll see you, I believe, after the meeting with the foreign minister, and I'll answer all your questions," he said.

He is due to travel to Malaysia, Indonesia, India, China and Japan before returning to Burma.

Earlier this month Gambari met with Burma junta leader Gen Than Shwe during a four-day visit, urging the government to end its crackdown on protesters. He also met twice with detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.