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Statement by H.E. Ambassador WANG Guangya at Security Council Debate on Myanmar
New York, 13 November 2007


Mr. President,

First of all, I wish to thank Mr. Gambari for his briefing. I would also like to express my appreciation to the tireless efforts Mr. Gambari has made in facilitating to address the Myanmar issue and the positive progress that has been achieved.

China believes that Mr. Gambari's recent visit has yielded positive results in many aspects, including: visiting Myanmar earlier than scheduled; having candid dialogue with Myanmar leader and several ministers; meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi and Minister Aung Kyi, the liaison officer for political dialogue; delivering a positive statement for Aung San Suu Kyi on the dialogue process, which is followed by her contacts with Minister Aung Kyi and the leadership of the National League of Democracy. Mr. Gambari was also invited to visit Myanmar again. Moreover, the Myanmar government has agreed to allow the ICRC to visit the country and is now receiving Mr. Pinheiro, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation of Myanmar. All these positive signs have shown that the political process in Myanmar is on the right track and moving in a good direction. We have noted that the Special Advisor was unable to meet the top leader of Myanmar, which gave rise to various speculations by media. However, in our view, the benchmarks to evaluate whether the visit is a success or not should not be subject to whom has been met or where has been visited. The judgment should be based on whether the good offices could facilitate the overall situation of Myanmar to move on towards a positive direction. By this standard, Mr. Gambari's visit is indeed a success.

As it is mentioned by Mr. Gambari on many occasions, the issue of Myanmar cannot be resolved overnight and Secretary-General's good offices is a process. While putting full confidence in the good offices, the international community should also show due patience for the process and results of these efforts. Rome was not built in one day. Myanmar is faced with various kinds of complex problems, and an appropriate and comprehensive settlement would inevitably take some time. Secretary-General's good offices also need to be carried out in an incremental and step-by-step manner for gradual results. By inviting Mr. Gambari for another visit, Myanmar has shown its willingness to continue its contacts and cooperation with the United Nations. We encourage Mr. Gambari to further enhance mutual trust and continue his candid dialogue with Myanmar, put forward feasible policy as well as technical recommendations based on the national conditions of the country, and provide facilitation and assistance for the political dialogue process. China also calls on the United Nations to focus its attention on how to help