Gambari acknowledges his disappointment with his Myanmar visit
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  • Reports noted that US lawmakers have proposed a Congressional resolution that urged President Bush to call on the UN to reject the Burmese military junta's constitution and not to recognize its efforts to legitimize it through a referendum scheduled to be held in May1. The UN Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari meanwhile acknowledged that he was disappointed with the fact that his visit to Myanmar failed to yield any tangible results. He however affirmed that the UN would continue its engagement with the military authorities2. In a related development, Thai Foreign Minister Noppadon Pattama informed the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that Bangkok disagreed with Washington on its approach of solving the Myanmar issue by imposing sanctions3.

    In other developments during the week, the governments of Brunei and Myanmar signed a MoU to promote trade relations between both the countries4.