Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Junta trashes offer from UN

The military junta's rejection of three-way talks with a U.N. special envoy and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi may reflect the junta's disdain for anything but its own widely derided "democracy roadmap", analysts and diplomats said.

Reuters quotes U.N. envoy Ibrahim Gambari, "There's no doubt in my mind that this regime has no intention of cooperating with Gambari or of starting a process of genuine political dialogue," one Yangon-based diplomat said. "It's beyond them."

The challenge for Gambari is to cut through the rhetoric and convince the regime that talks about political reform with Suu Kyi, whose party won a 1990 election landslide only to be denied power, could be in its own interests, Wilson said. (Full article)