Saturday, November 3, 2007

Improving Your Listening Skills


U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has asked special advisor Ibrahim Gambari to convey strong disappointment to Burmese authorities on the government's decision to expel the highest-ranking U.N. official in the nation. Gambari is due to meet with Burmese authorities Saturday when he returns to Burma to push for reconciliation between the government and opponents. From VOA's New York Bureau, correspondent Barbara Schoetzau has the story.

Burma is expelling the U.N. regional coordinator, Charles Petrie, for an October 24 statement linking poverty in Burma to 45 years of military rule.

In a released statement that day, United Nations Day, Petrie said demonstrations against rising fuel prices that quickly turned into anti-government protests were indications of how badly Burma's economy and humanitarian situation had deteriorated.

U.N. spokesperson Michele Montas says Burma's ministry of foreign affairs wrote the United Nations that Mr. Petrie has been in Burma for a long time and should move on. She said the U.N. stands fully behind Petrie.
Ibrahim Gambari Montas says Secretary General Ban and Gambari met Friday at the airport in Istanbul, Turkey, where the U.N. chief gave the special envoy instructions for his visit to Burma.

"The Secretary General is disappointed by the message from Myanmar stating that it would not want the resident coordinator, Mr. Charles Petrie, to continue to in Myanmar. The Secretary General has full confidence in the United Nations' country team and its leadership and appreciates their contribution to the social, economic and humanitarian conditions for the people of Myanmar. The Secretary General has instructed the special advisor, Mr. Ibrahim Gambari, to convey his views directly to the authorities when he visits the country," she said.
As head of the U.N. Development Program in Burma, Petrie is the highest-ranking U.N. official in the country. Montas says there is no such thing as a fixed term for a regional coordinator. She says the United Nations Development Program will continue its work in Burma regardless of whether Petrie leaves or stays.


meomatbu87 said...

Eachtime when I open ur page,listening "Nothing gonna change my love for u"...It make me remember alot of things...thanks for it.

nguyenhonganhtesol said...

We should diversify our English.

Be Con Tinh Nghich said...

In my opions,he could not teach as well as he did if he went on his blog while he were teaching.Moreover, we knew he is a person who always respect rules. Is it right, Sir?
Many people come here to enjoy an English blog. Of course, everybody has their taste.(You do not like it but I really like politics.I care!hihi)So he post many fields by English.

@Teacher: Can you explain some difficult words by English(I can understand these words which have red underlink but I can understand others. Huhu)

nguyenhonganhtesol said...

You can post what you donot understand on.

Be Con Tinh Nghich said...

Thanks,Sir! I'd like to know the meaning of these words "deteriorated","regional coordinator","reconciliation" .

Happy weekend! :)p

triangle said...

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I want to download exercise for listening tonight, please show me how way to download! Thanks very much!