UN envoy ends Myanmar visit with no evident signs of progress

The special UN envoy tasked with promoting democracy and political reconciliation in Myanmar ended his latest mission Tuesday with no evident signs of progress. Ibrahim Gambari met with the authoritarian military regime's Prime Minister Gen. Thein Sein before flying to Singapore without any public statement about his four-day visit. UN envoys are normally reluctant to reveal details of their missions until they have reported back to their boss. Gambari is scheduled to fly from Singapore to India, where he will meet UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. On Monday, he met with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a minor breakthrough because she had refused to see him on his previous visit in August last year. She has expressed disappointment with the UN's failure to persuade the ruling junta to give up its monopoly on power.