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UN Security Council adopts statement on Myanmar
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The United Nations (UN) Security Council unanimously adopted a presidential statement on Myanmar Thursday, calling for efforts to achieve "an inclusive national reconciliation" in the country.


The 15-nation body called on the government of Myanmar and all other parties concerned to work together to realize domestic reconciliation and to boost democracy and development through dialogue, said the statement read out by Ghana's UN Ambassador Leslie Christian, the council's president for October.


The statement said the council welcomes the recent mission to Myanmar by UN secretary-general's special adviser Ibrahim Gambari and reaffirms its strong and unwavering support for the secretary-general's mediation efforts.


The council also expressed its "appreciation for the personal engagement of the secretary general."


Charge-de-affaires of the Chinese UN mission Liu Zhenmin said he hoped the statement and the international efforts can play a constructive role and be beneficial to Gambari's mediation, to the resumption of Myanmar's all-round stability and to the proper resolution of the problems the nation is facing.


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Thursday that he is sending Gambari back to the region this weekend to meet with regional partners on the situation in Myanmar.


"Gambari will begin his consultations in Thailand on Monday before continuing to Malaysia, Indonesia, India, China and Japan, with a view to returning to Myanmar shortly thereafter," Ban said in a statement issued by his press office.


Gambari, who just ended a four-day mission to Myanmar from September 29 through October 2, exchanged views with Myanmar's leaders on the domestic situation and made extensive contact with local people.


(Xinhua News Agency October 12, 2007)

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