October 16, 2007 |
The leading opposition party urged the ruling military junta to free political detainees, echoing a call by the U.N.'s envoy, who termed reports of new arrests "extremely disturbing." More arrests, interrogations and acts of intimidation "run counter to the spirit of mutual engagement between the United Nations and Myanmar," U.N. envoy Ibrahim Gambari said in Bangkok, Thailand. "These actions must stop at once," he said after meeting with Thailand's foreign minister.
October 2, 2007 |
As the military tightened its grip on Myanmar, the United Nations envoy met today with the junta's top generals to repeat international calls for restraint. Ibrahim Gambari, a former foreign minister from Nigeria's military in the mid-1980s, met Myanmar's senior junta leader, Gen. Than Shwe, in the country's new capital, Naypyidaw, about 200 miles north of Yangon. Details of the meeting were not immediately released. A U.N. statement earlier said Gambari "looks forward to meeting Senior Gen.