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Press Conference by Minister for Foreign Affairs Masahiko Koumura

Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2007, 8:40 a.m. (Singapore time)
Place: Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, Singapore

Main topic:

  • Talks with Special Advisor to the U.N. Secretary-General Ibrahim Gambari

1. Talks with Special Advisor to the U.N. Secretary-General Ibrahim Gambari

What did you talk about in your meeting with Special Advisor to the U.N. Secretary-General Ibrahim Gambari?

He told me that a small window of opportunity for Myanmar's democratization opened, and in order to make this window even larger, support from the entire international community was necessary. He also said that, in specific terms, although dialogues were held between the government and Aung San Suu Kyi twice, it was important that in the future such dialogues would become more substantially meaningful. I told the Special Adviser that Japan intended to fully assist the efforts that he is making. In addition, I also heard that his personal office was to be established in Yangon. Therefore, I told him that the Government of Japan would like to help him, including personnel contributions.

Did your discussion include the fact that he was not able to make a report to the East Asia Summit?

He stated that it was regrettable. Initially, the Government of Myanmar accepted the idea, but it is unfortunate that mid-way through, they said that they did not want him to make a report. Still, he was able to meet with most of the leaders or the foreign ministers of ASEAN countries, and after the meeting he is going to visit the three countries of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam; so in effect, he will be able to meet with people from all of the ASEAN countries. Therefore, he said that he was able to convey a message to them.

Did he make any concrete comments about what he would have said if he had been able to make a report?

I believe it should be what I stated at the beginning of this press conference.

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