UN envoy to Myanmar continues diplomatic mission despite setbacks

The UN's special envoy to Myanmar resumed meetings with the military government Sunday despite the junta's rejection of his efforts to speed up the country's return to democracy. But the meetings appeared not to be directly concerned with the political reconciliation efforts being promoted by the envoy, Ibrahim Gambari. According to the UN Information Center in Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, Gambari met with the ministers of health and national planning as well as the chairman of the civil service board and a deputy foreign minister. Gambari apparently failed, however, to secure more talks with Information Minister Brig. Gen. Kyaw Hsan, who heads a team set up to discuss democratization.