UN special envoy leaves Myanmar after meeting top military ruler

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Bangkok, Oct 2 (UNI) The United Nation's special envoy Ibrahim Gambari has left Myanmar after holding over hour-long talks today with top military ruler Senior General Than Shwe in the country's new bunkerlike capital of Naypyitaw, 400 km north of Yangon.

The discussions covered the current political situation in Myanmar, following the violent repression of anti-government protests in Yangon last week, according to a press statement issued by the UN Information Centre in Yangon this evening.

Mr Gambari, who arrived in Myanmar on September 30, had extended his stay as he waited for an appointment with Gen Than Shwe.

Before leaving Myanmar, he met incarcerated pro-democracy leader, Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon for the second time since his arrival.

Mr Gambari is now on his way to UN headquarters in New York where he will report to the UN Secretary-General on the outcome of his mission.

Earlier today, in a message on the first International Day of Non-Violence, an annual UN observance instituted on India's recommendation to mark Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon criticised the crackdown on Myanmarese monks and citizens in Yangon last week.

''Recently we have witnessed brutal force being used against unarmed and non-violent marchers who exemplified the very spirit of the Mahatma's teaching,'' the UN chief said in his message read out at a ceremony at the UN building here where Panchayati Raj Minister Mani Shankar unveiled a bronze bust of Mahatma Gandhi presented by the Indian Embassy to the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific(UNESCAP).

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