Ibrahim Gambaro seeks Indian support to resolve Myanmar crisis

November 14th, 2007 - 2:44 am ICT by admin  
“One of the main objective of this mission was to seek further support of India for the good of the role of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and for my efforts on behalf of the Secretary General working with the authorities in Myanmar and others,” Gambharo told reporters after meeting Singh.

Gambari expressed satisfaction over the meeting saying that New Delhi has extended its support.

“I have reason to believe that the Government of India will also do whatever they can to encourage the Myanmar Government to continue to cooperate further with the good of his role as Secretary General,” he said.

After India, Gambari will visit China on a regional tour meant to drum up support for a united front against Myanmar’s generals in Asia, where governments are loathe to impose sanctions because of trade and investment ties and a desire for the country’s gas.

On October 19, U.S. President George W. Bush urged both China and India to step up pressure on their neighbour. He also expanded American sanctions against Myanmar’s rulers.

Last week, Manmohan Singh was quoted as saying that India needed to “cooperate” with the government in Myanmar.

Singh said insurgent groups from northeastern states could take advantage of any estrangement between the neighbours.

Critics say Yangon has done little to crack down on Indian rebels who have bases inside Myanmar, and in some cases those groups have close links with its army.

They say India has got little to show for its cosiness with Myanmar’s rulers, and should take a tougher line not just on principle, but also in the long-term interests of stability and prosperity in the region.

The Government in Myanmar says 10 people were killed when soldiers crushed last month’s monk-led demonstrations, but Western diplomats say the toll is likely to be much higher.

Thousands were beaten and arrested, although state media said last week that 377 were still in detention. (ANI)

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