India assurs UN to do all for democracy in Myanmar : UN envoy

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New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) India has assured the United Nations that it would do everything possible for democracy in Myanmar, United Nations Special Envoy on Myanmar Ibrahim Gambari said here today.

Mr Gambari, who is on a six-nation fire-fighting mission to push for democracy in Myanmar, said at a press conference, India had expressed commitment to support the UN efforts.

Expressing satisfaction with India's response, the UN envoy, who met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the issue, hoped that India would be able to influence the military junta in Myanmar, which witnessed pro-democracy demonstrations last month.

He, however, said all the countries, specially the neighbouring nations including India, could do much more but it was upto them how to go about it.

''I am very encouraged by their response...by the undertaking which they have given to do everything possible ...use their influence to encourage the authorities in Myanmar to continue their cooperation,'' he said.

He asked the military government in Myanmar to free all those arrested during the pro-democracy demonstrations and make a process of national reconciliation inclusive, while pointing out that India could persuade the military government.

Mr Gambari, who arrived here on Sunday, also met External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Foreign Secretary Shivshanker Menon.

He has so far visited Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia and will now travel to China and Japan to lobby for democracy in Myanmar.

Mr Gambari will visit China tomorrow and on Thursday to hold discussion on the situation in Myanmar with State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan, Vice Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Assistant Foreign Minister He Yafei.

UNI

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