Gambari reports back to Security Council

Nov 15, 2007 (DVB), United Nations special advisor Ibrahim Gambari has told the Security Council that his recent visit to Burma had brought positive results, but flexibility on all sides was needed.

The special envoy spoke to the Security Council on Tuesday about his trip to Burma and other countries in the region, according to a UN statement.

Gambari told Security Council members that the situation in the country had changed in the past few weeks, and that progress towards dialogue had been made.

"A process is now in motion that will hopefully lead to a substantive dialogue with concrete outcomes within an agreed timeframe between the leadership in Myanmar and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi," the statement said.

Gambari reiterated his support for constructive dialogue with all parties as the best path towards reform in Burma.

"In order to succeed, dialogue will require flexibility on all sides, but I am convinced that it is the only way forward for Myanmar," Gambari said.

Despite some positive developments, Gambari said there had been no assurances that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi would be released.

After his formal presentation to the Security Council, Gambari also held consultations with individual members.

Gambari has been invited to return to Burma by the regime, and a UN spokesperson has said he is likely to do so within the next few weeks.

He is due to return to Asia next week for the East Asia summit.

Reporting by DVB

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