China on Thursday highly appraised the UN special envoy Ibrahim
Gambari's mediation efforts in Myanmar and welcomed the Myanmar
government's cooperation with him.
Gambari, special adviser of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,
who just ended a four-day mission to Myanmar, deeply exchanged
views with Myanmar leaders on domestic situation and made
widespread contacts with local people, which is a helpful step,
said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao.
"China has made its efforts to support the mediation efforts of
the UN Secretary General and his Special Envoy. We feel gratified
for the results achieved by Gambari's visit," Liu said.
Gambari came amid widespread mass demonstrations by Buddhist
monks and people in several parts of Myanmar since Sept. 18 to look
into the situation of the country and play the UN part in seeking
for Myanmar's national reconciliation.
"We took notice that the situation in Myanmar has been calm
recently, due to joint efforts by relevant parties in Myanmar and
the international community," Liu said.
China hopes the Myanmar situation could develop in a positive
direction, which accords with the common aspiration and interests
of Myanmar people and nations in the region, the spokesman
Liu also called on relevant parties in Myanmar to exercise
restraint and restore, through peaceful mean, stability at an early
date by promoting domestic reconciliation, improving people's
welfare and realizing democracy and development.
"Chinese government will continuously work together with the
international community to play an active and constructive role for
the alleviation of the Myanmar situation," Liu said.
(Xinhua News Agency October 4, 2007)