Military Junta should broadbase the reforms process: PM

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Singapore, Nov 20 (UNI) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today asked the military junta of Myanmar to ''broadbase the reforms process'' and involve pro-democracy leader Aung Suu Kyi and various ethnic groups to reach a satisfactory conclusion.

This was conveyed by Dr Singh to Myanmar Prime Minister Gen Thein sein, who called on him soon after his arrival here from New Delhi.

Dr Singh also stated that India fully supported efforts of international community to facilitate process of reconcilation in Myanmar and the role of UN Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambri in this regard, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson told reporters.

Gen Thein, during his 30-minute meeting, briefed the Prime Minister on steps taken by his government to bring about political reforms and national reconciliation.

This was the first meeting of Dr Singh with Gen Thein.

India attaches great importance to its relations with Myanmar and any development in the neighbourhood has bearings on the country.

Earlier, the Prime Minister had expressed fears that instability in Myanmar would be exploited by the insurgent groups, who indulge in unlawful actvities in the North east region.

''We have a strong interest in stable, prosperous and peaceful Myanmar. I hope that the dialogue, which is progressing will yield satisfactory outcome,'' he said.

National Security Advisor M K Narayanan was also present at the meeting, along with Indian High Commissioner to Singapore Jai Shankar.


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