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Myanmar crisis tops talks between UN envoy and Cambodian Foreign Minister

29 November 2007 Continuing his consultations with regional leaders, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Myanmar today conferred with Cambodia’s Foreign Minister on United Nations efforts to promote dialogue and reconciliation between the Government and the opposition in the troubled South-East Asian nation.

Ibrahim Gambari met with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong earlier today, UN spokesperson Michele Montas informed reporters in New York.

During his meeting, Mr. Gambari delivered a letter from Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon addressed to Prime Minister Hun Sen seeking the Cambodian Government’s support for the UN’s efforts in Myanmar.

The Special Envoy, who just concluded a similar visit to Viet Nam, also briefed the Foreign Minister on the world body’s efforts to promote democratization, national reconciliation and the full respect for human rights in Myanmar, as well as his assessment of the situation in the country.

Mr. Gambari said he is grateful for the constructive discussions and feels that good cooperation has been established between the UN and Phnom Penh, Ms. Montas said.

The next stop for the Special Envoy, who has visited Myanmar twice since the Government began its crackdown against demonstrators a few months ago, is Laos, following which he will return to New York.



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