Saturday, November 03, 2007

Singapore 'Deeply Disappointed' by Burma action

Source: Agence France-Presse

Singapore, current chair of the ASEAN bloc, said Saturday it was "deeply disappointed" by Myanmar's decision to expel the most senior UN official working in the military-ruled country.

Myanmar's announcement sent an inconsistent message about it's willingness to engage the United Nations after brutal suppression of anti-government protests in September, a foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement.

"Singapore is deeply disappointed to learn of the Myanmar government's decision to discontinue the assignment of the UNDP Resident Coordinator Charles James Petrie in Myanmar," he said.

"This announcement has come at a most inopportune time, just before the arrival of (UN special envoy) Ibrahim Gambari," the spokesman added.

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