Fri 31 Oct 2008
Filed under: International,News
The United Nations (UN) wants India to continue helping military-ruled Myanmar to achieve its political democratisation process to enable the situation to return to normalcy.
“India, as a neighbour, could help fasten the political process and encourage the democratisation process. India has been constructive in helping Myanmar and its commitment is encouraging,” UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon told the media in Delhi Friday after meeting top Indian leaders.
India and Myanmar have close military relations and the minerals resource-rich Southeast Asian nation is of strategic interest to the booming Indian economy.
Being its neighbour, India has always maintained cordial relationship with the ruling junta despite isolation by the international community, mainly by western and American powers, for failing to introduce political reforms and release political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi.
“The leaders of Myanmar should look at the future of the people and the county. They should accelerate democratisation and release Aung San Suu Kyi and the political prisoners,” said Ban, who is on his first two-day official visit to India as UN secretary-general.
Touching on India-Pakistan relationship, he said both nuclear-armed arch rivals should continue their peace talks to improve political ties.
“India and Pakistan should continue with the composite dialogue. I think both leaders are committed to the dialogue.
“But I am disturbed by the deterioration of security in Pakistan because of extremists, bombings and terrorist attacks.
“The international community must help Pakistan. Pakistan is an important country in the region,” he added.