Monday, October 01, 2007

Envoy Stays On, The World Waits.

News from Myanmar News.Net,

UN envoy staying on in Burma
Sunday 30th September, 2007

The UN envoy to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, is staying on to talk to the country's supreme leader about the repression of pro-democracy protests.

Mr Gambari has already met detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and will hold more talks with the country's military Government in the wake of it’s the brutal put-down of democracy supporters.

Mr Gambari met with the country's acting Prime Minister and Information Minister on Saturday but was denied a meeting with the Burma's real powerbroker, General Than Shwe.

He was permitted to see Ms Suu Kyi and held a one-hour meeting with her in the main city, Rangoon, where she has spent much of the last 18 years under house arrest.

Mr Gambari then cancelled a planned flight to Singapore and returned to the junta's isolated administrative capital, Naypyidaw.

Meanwhile, journalists say the death toll appears to be much higher than the Burmese Government is revealing.

It is thought at least 200 people died in the ten days of violence although it could still be higher.

In Europe, there have been peaceful rallies in support of pro-democracy protesters in Burma.

In London and Madrid, several thousand people marched to call for international pressure to ease the crisis.

Several hundred Burmese exiles, including monks were involved in the marches, many of them carrying banners, flags and portraits of Ms Suu Kyi.

In Italy, Pope Benedict said he hoped there would be a peaceful solution to the crisis.

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