UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari said Wednesday he would visit military-run Myanmar again next month, as he attempts to halt a violent crackdown on dissent and kickstart democratic reforms.

“I have confirmed an invitation to Myanmar, to visit by the third week of November. And I intend to honour that invitation. But there is a possibility of going earlier,” he told a press conference.

Gambari indicated it was vital to see both the regime’s leader Senior General Than Shwe and democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel peace laureate who is under house arrest in Myanmar’s main city Yangon.

“It is important to meet the senior general as it gives an authoritative response to any of the queries made,” he said.

Asked whether he would see Aung San Suu Kyi, he said: “I hope so.”

Gambari met both figures last month when he visited Myanmar to convey international outrage over the regime’s violent suppression of anti-government rallies led by Buddhist monks, which left at least 13 people dead.

He is currently on an Asian tour aimed at increasing pressure on the ruling junta to halt its crackdown, release political detainees and launch talks with Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy opposition.

Asked what his goals would be during the November mission, he said he would focus on “how best to… accelerate the democratic process and respect for human rights.”

He also called on the regime to grant the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) access to those detained and injured during the crackdown.

The envoy stressed the importance of establishing a dialogue between the ruling generals and Aung San Suu Kyi, who have been at loggerheads since her party won 1990 elections that were disallowed by the regime.

“There is no dialogue,” he said. “Efforts should be made to remove that obstacle. It is important to start that dialogue without any delay. It is the only way to address the challenges.”

Gambari is believed to be exerting pressure on the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations to do more to bring about democratic reforms in Myanmar, which is a member of the bloc.

The envoy was discreet Wednesday, saying that ASEAN had an “important” role to play in bringing peace and stability to Myanmar, but that it was up to the Southeast Asian powers to decide how to do that.

However, a diplomatic source who was briefed by Gambari in Malaysia said the UN troubleshooter wanted the region — which has been criticised in the past for failing to take action — to step up to a new level of engagement on Myanmar.

“It is not enough for ASEAN countries to make statements expressing concern. They must now work together with the UN, China and India,” the source told AFP.

“Gambari wants ASEAN to be really involved in monitoring what is happening in Myanmar, not just statements from conference to conference,” he said. “ASEAN countries must be willing to take real action.”

Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar said Tuesday after meeting with Gambari that the envoy had the full support of ASEAN, but that the bloc would never suspend Myanmar.

The reclusive state indicated Tuesday it would continue to be impervious to outside pressure, even as Japan cut aid and European nations widened sanctions.

And on Wednesday it stepped up its rhetoric, blaming Buddhist monks for the crackdown on anti-government protesters as it admitted nearly 3,000 people had been detained over the rallies.

Gambari is due to fly on to Indonesia, India, China and Japan. Indonesia said he would meet with Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda in Jakarta late Thursday morning.