VIENTIANE: The UN envoy leading reconciliation efforts in Myanmar said yesterday that its foreign minister refused to see him here, in a snub to international efforts to bring democracy in the military-ruled country.
Envoy Tan Sri Razali Ismail had flown here specifically to see Myanmar Foreign Minister Nyan Win and persuade the junta to allow him to visit Myanmar and see pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest.
Razali said Nyan Win sent a message to him saying, “he would be too busy” with engagements at this week's Asean meeting.
“They say they don't have the time to meet,” Razali said.
Razali travelled several times to Myanmar to push for reconciliation between the junta and pro-democracy forces led by Suu Kyi. But he has not been allowed back into the country for more than a year. – AP