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In quotes: UN Burma briefing
UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari says there is consensus in the Security Council that Burma cannot return to the status quo after the recent crisis. Speaking at UN headquarters, he voiced concern at reports of continuing arrests and beatings. Below are reactions from around the world.

US AMBASSADOR TO THE UN, ZALMAY KHALILZAD

We must all be prepared to consider measures such as arms embargoes.

CHINA'S AMBASSADOR TO THE UN, WANG GUANGYA

Pressure ... would only lead to confrontation, or even the loss of dialogue, between [Burma] and the international community.

FRANCE'S AMBASSADOR TO THE UN, JEAN-PIERRE LACROIX

It's important to really know how many victims there are since the authorities are trying to conceal their bloody repression from the world.

UN SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

I must reiterate that the use of force against peaceful demonstrators is abhorrent and unacceptable.

BURMA'S AMBASSADOR TO THE UN, KYAW TINT SWE

No Security Council action is warranted.

NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR DEMOCRACY, BURMESE OPPOSITION PARTY

They are asking [opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi] to confess to offences that she has not committed.

SINGAPORE'S PRIME MINISTER LEE HSIEN LOONG

Sanctions against a regime that is ready to isolate itself are more likely to be counter-productive than effective.

RUSSIA'S AMBASSADOR TO THE UN, VITALY CHURKIN

With regard to the [UN] Security Council, its job is to continue lending political support to the efforts of [UN envoy Ibrahim] Gambari.



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