Whats the best way of engaging the junta – the military government?
Different governments have different relationships with that government. I think we all keep trying to use the communication opportunities we have with the authorities to just remind them, to reiterate our interest in helping, in providing assistance and trying to work with them. And I think that’s what ASEAN nations have been doing and continue to do. Q: And what if diplomacy doesn’t work? A: Well, I don’t want to get into hypotheticals. I think really we’re all committed to trying to work with the authorities in Burma because in the end they will have to agree to provide access, to allow access to experts and assistance. That’s the way this has to work. Q: France has argued that the U.N. has the power to intervene without any permission. To your knowledge, are there any legalities within the U.N. framework that apply? A: I don’t think I’m enough of an expert on the U.N. to say that. I would say that our focus continues to be on working with the Burmese authorities to get their approv