UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. special envoy Ibrahim Gambari gave an upbeat report on Tuesday on his recent trip to promote democracy in Myanmar but Western ambassadors voiced doubts about the junta's will to cooperate with him.
Gambari told the U.N. Security Council that the situation was "qualitatively different" from a few weeks ago, and that he believed the junta could respond to the pressure for change. He noted that Suu Kyi had been allowed to issue a statement for the first time in four years and to meet members of her party. However, British Ambassador John Sawers warned that without sustained international pressure on the junta, signs of progress could be "a false dawn." U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalizad, along with Gambari, urge the junta to release Suu Kyi and other detainees.