UN envoy for Myanmar hopes NLD party survives

The United Nations special envoy for Myanmar has shown her support for detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is calling for the survival of her political party.

Christine Schraner Burgener made the remark at an online news conference on Monday.

Burgener quoted Aung San Suu Kyi as saying that her National League for Democracy would exist as long as the people exist. Burgener said, "I also hope the NLD will survive because this is the will of the people."

The Myanmar military detained Aung San Suu Kyi during the coup in February. The electoral commission appointed by the military said last week that it is considering dissolving the NLD.

Burgener called the situation in Myanmar "very bad," pointing to more than 800 people killed and over 5,300 people detained since the coup.

She also noted that 61,000 people have been internally displaced.

Burgener said she would visit Japan from Tuesday to discuss the situation in Myanmar with Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu and other officials. She regards Japan as a highly important country for her mission, and she wants to exchange opinions on how to bring about a resolution to Myanmar's violent conflict.

Burgener is proposing dialogues attended by supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi, groups of ethnic minorities and the military.