Razali hopes to revive stalled talks again


  • Nation
  • Monday, 02 Jun 2003

PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Razali Ismail is still hoping to go to Yangon on June 6 for a five-day mission to restart the national reconciliation process. 

“I am assuming that I am still going,” Razali said in a telephone interview here, while declining to elaborate. 

He was asked to comment on the military junta’s decision to put opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi under temporary arrest after a violent clash between her supporters and a pro-junta group on Friday. 

Razali is the special envoy to the UN secretary-general Kofi Annan and his impending visit would be his tenth mission. 

He initiated talks between Myamar’s military junta and Suu Kyi in October, 2000, ending a decades-old political deadlock, but the talks have since stalled. 

Razali visited Myanmar last November, but is reported to have been denied a visa since then. 

Myanmar has been ruled by the military since 1962. The current junta came to power in 1988 after crushing a pro-democracy uprising. 

A UN statement yesterday said that Annan believes the “developments underline the urgent need for national reconciliation in Myanmar.”  

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