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On Myanmar, ASEAN Diplomat Predicts Gambari's Replacement, Road Talk at BIMTEC

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis

UNITED NATIONS, August 30 -- Having left Myanmar six days about, after not seeing either Aung San Suu Kyi or General Than Shwe, UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari still had no comment about what if anything his trip had accomplished, despite critical words so far from at least two of the Security Council's five permanent members. Inner City Press asked UN spokesperson Marie Okabe on Friday if there was any response or explanation yet, but Ms. Okabe said "Mister Gambari wants to speak to you directly." Video here.

   Meanwhile, as Inner City Press has inquired throughout the diplomatic community about the reasons for Aung San Suu Kyi having declined to meet with Gambari, a Permanent Representative of an ASEAN member state, asking to be identified as such, told Inner City Press that word is Mr. Gambari will be replaced as UN envoy to Myanmar. "I don't blame Aung San Suu Kyi," the ASEAN diplomat said. "If I were her, I also wouldn't meet with an envoy who's about to be replaced."

  We will be watching Gambari's belated briefing of Ban Ki-moon in Turin, and how the UN finally responds, more than a week late, to the questions that are swirling. The problems are deeper than Gambari, going to the bottom of this UN's commitment to human rights, and the way it let the military government dictate UN currency losses of 20 and even 25%.

Gambari and Ban brain trust, now under Turin's shroud

    Meanwhile on August 29 Myanmar's Foreign Minister Nyan Win was in India for the BIMTEC meeting with representatives of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and India. Earlier in the year, Myanmar's Vice Senior General Maung Aye was in India and signed several business deals including, for transit, the $100 million Kaladan Multi-project with Indian leaders.

   Now, Bangladesh is proposing road connections with Myanmar, while India pushes for roads that pass straight through Bangladesh. Complaints have been filed with the UN, but a former UN presence, Bangladesh's Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury who is also in charge of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, tried to calm things down by saying Bangladesh's sovereignty will always be respected. This is the regional context and dynamic in which Myanamar's military government gets over...

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