UN Myanmar envoy seeks dialogue to end violence

The United Nations special envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, is calling for an "inclusive" dialogue involving all stakeholders to quickly end the violence in the country.

Burgener spoke in an exclusive interview with NHK on Wednesday. She is visiting Japan for talks with Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu and experts on Myanmar.

In the interview, she said all stakeholders should find a common understanding and join an inclusive dialogue for a peaceful solution.

She said violence continues in Myanmar and there are casualties every day so "we should help the people on the ground," stressing that time is running out for dialogue.

Burgener added that the Japanese government has a very good relationship with all stakeholders and she would like to find out if Japan would like to join her idea of a dialogue.

Asked whether she thinks Japan should also impose sanctions against Myanmar's military, she said it's up to each member state to decide.

Burgener has been in contact with the pro-democracy forces in Myanmar and officials in surrounding nations. In April, she held talks with Myanmar's military chief, Min Aung Hlaing, in Jakarta.