Tuesday, June 30, 2009

UN Secretary General to Visit Myanmar (Burma) This Week

Myanmar United Nations Flag Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit Myanmar from 3 to 4 July, at the invitation of the Myanmar Government.

According to a statement released by the United Nations, he plans to highlight key issues such as the need to release all political prisoners, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.  The statement also said that the Secretary General believes that the issues of political prisoners, the resumption of dialogue between the Government and opposition to achieve national reconciliation, and setting the stage for credible elections “cannot be left unaddressed at this juncture of the country’s political process.”

Mr. Ban last visited Myanmar last May after the devastating Cyclone Nargis last May.  That cyclone killed nearly 150,000 people.



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