UN, what will you do next with this junta after insulting your reputation? Does the word 'disappointment' good enough to recover UN's reputation?
UN criticizes Myanmar for expelling its representative
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed Friday 'disappointment' that Myanmar's military junta has decided to expel the top UN representative in the country one day before his special envoy Ibrahim Gambari was to arrive there.
Myanmar asked Charles Petrie to leave after he had supported popular resentment in the impoverished country against the government's decision in August to sharply increase fuel prices, which triggered the largescale pro-democracy demonstrations in September.
Petrie, the head the UN Development Programme team in Myanmar, said last month that the protests 'clearly demonstrated the everyday struggle to meet basic needs and the urgent necessity to address the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the country.'
The timing of the expulsion order put a dramatic turn to the situation. Gambari was to arrive on Saturday in Yangon to renew UN demands for democratic reform, national reconciliation and release of political prisoners and detained demonstrators.
Ban said in a statement that he supports Petrie and asked Gambari to demand that Myanmar rescind the order. But it was not clear when Petrie would have to leave the country, where he has been since 2003.
'The secretary general has full confidence in the UN country team and its leadership and appreciates their contribution to the improvement of the socio-economic and humanitarian conditions for the people of Myanmar,' the statement said.