UN chief urges Myanmar authorities to exercise restraint

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United Nations, Sep 25 (UNI) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called upon the authorities in Myanmar to exercise restraint in dealing with the recent wave of peaceful protests and hoped it leads to initiation of dialogue between the government and other groups.

The government should seize this opportunity to engage without delay in dialogue with all the relevant parties to the national reconciliation process on the issues of concern to the people of Myanmar including human rights, his spokesperson said in a statement yesterday.

Mr Ban is closely observing the series of events in the troubled Asian country, where demonstrations began last month in protest against surging fuel prices which lately has been joined by Buddhist monks.

Mr Ban's Special Envoy for Myanmar Mr Ibrahim Gambri has asserted in a statement that the latest events and the attitude of the 'junta' are a clear setback for the country.

''We have no choice but to persevere through the Secretary-General's good offices and work with all relevant parties to try to move events in the right direction,'' added the UN chief's special envoy briefing the Security Council.

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