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NLD hopes envoy's visit can spur dialogue

Mar 6, 2008 (DVB), A spokesperson for the National League for Democracy has said the party is hopeful some progress will be made during the visit of United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari to Burma.

Gambari arrived today to begin his third visit to the country since the military regime cracked down on mass public demonstrations in September last year.

NLD spokesperson U Nyan Win said that the party hopes the special envoy can facilitate genuine dialogue.

"We are only concentrating on making progress with the dialogue as there has not been much progress on it so far," he said.

"We expect things will progress when Mr Gambari arrives. We believe the factors, decisions and agreements made in the dialogue will overcome other issues."

The UN Security Council criticised the slow rate of progress made by the Burmese government in a statement released in January, and called for further steps to be taken towards dialogue and national reconciliation.

Reporting by Htet Aung Kyaw


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