UN's Gambari to return to Asia, Myanmar

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UNITED NATIONS, Oct 11 (Reuters) UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari will set off at the weekend for an Asian tour expected to culminate in his second visit to Myanmar since pro-democracy demonstrations erupted there, the United Nations said today.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has decided to dispatch Gambari to Thailand, where he will hold talks on Monday, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, China and Japan ''with a view to returning to Myanmar shortly thereafter,'' a UN statement said.

Gambari, who returned from a four-day visit to Myanmar last week, had originally planned to make a second visit in mid-November, but that has now been brought forward. Western diplomats said they hoped Gambari would be in Myanmar by the end of October.

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