China's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Wang
Guangya said Friday that the current situation in Myanmar does not
pose any threat to international or regional peace and
Addressing the Council members shortly after Special Advisor of
the UN Secretary-General on Myanmar Ibrahim Gambari briefed the
Council, Wang said Myanmar's stability serves the fundamental and
long-term interests of its people as well as the common interests
of the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large.
"On this very point, China shares the same position, perspective
and expectation with the rest of the international community," he
Wang supported the UN Secretary-General's good offices, and
believed that the United Nations could and should be able to play a
constructive role in helping Myanmar.
Meanwhile, the Chinese ambassador noted that Gambari's visit has
achieved some initial results.
However, Wang pointed out that "the completion of good offices
is not merely up to one or two missions. It is a gradual process
that needs to yield tangible results."
On role of the Security Council in handling the issue of
Myanmar, he stressed that "any actions to be conducted by the
Security Council should be aimed at facilitating the good offices
of the Secretary-General, rather than affecting, or even
undermining the mutual trust already established, which is crucial
for Gambari's further efforts."
Wang also noted that the current situation in Myanmar does not
pose any threat to international or regional peace and security,
and the future of Myanmar lies in the hands of its own people and
the Government through dialogue and consultation.
In addition, he said that it is quite understandable for the
outside world to express concern or expectation on Myanmar.
"However, pressure will not help address the problem, but might
lead to mistrust and confrontation, and even cut off the current
channel of dialogue and cooperation between Myanmar and the United
Nations," Wang added. "Therefore, the Security Council should adopt
a prudent and responsible approach while handling the issue of
He expected the international community to kindly help the
country to achieve national reconciliation and democratic progress
by offering constructive engagement and honest mediation.
"The key is a right approach," Wang emphasized.
Gambari, who just ended a four-day mission to Myanmar from
Saturday to Tuesday amid widespread mass demonstrations by Buddhist
monks in several parts of the country since September 18, deeply
exchanged views with Myanmar leaders on domestic situation and made
widespread contacts with local people.
(Xinhua News Agency October 6, 2007)