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United Nations supports democratization process and is ready to provide assistance

Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary - General of the UN, shakes hands with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: Aung Shine Oo
Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary – General of the UN, shakes hands with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: Aung Shine Oo

United Nations Secretary-General Mr Ban Ki-Moon during his working visit to Myanmar paid a courtesy call on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counsellor and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, at five minutes past Six yesterday evening at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Discussions focused upon the United Nations’ readiness to continue to support for Myanmar’s democratization process and socio-economic development, matters concerning human rights and humanitarian assistance, measures being taken for stability, peace and development of Rakhine state and the current and future co-operation between Myanmar and the United Nations.
The UNSG expressed is overwhelming sorrow for the damages to ancient religious edifices caused by the earthquake as well as for the casualties and injuries of Myanmar people during the press briefing. He also expressed his belief that president U Htin Kyaw and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will be able to manage reconstruction activities.
He went on to say that he has closely co-operated with Myanmar government and Myanmar people throughout his tenure, that he was delighted to have a chance to co-operate with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, that he has invariably supported her effort for achievement of democracy, that the whole world was amazed at Myanmar’s reform process, that he was delighted to see Myanmar people actively participating in last November election, and that President U Htin Kyaw led government is treading on the democratic path in a peaceful manner.
He then congratulated people from business and political sectors and military and Civil Society Organizations on their co-operation. He also acknowledged the challenges being posed for peace and national reconciliation. Furthermore, he congratulated the attendees of the 21st century Panglong on their patience and co-operation.
Regarding the latest development of Rakhine State, he noted that there are challenges in handling this issue as the situations in Rakhine State is subtle and confusing, that he and the state counsellor are of the opinion that everybody prefers a better socio-economic status regardless of race and religion, that the international community is concerned over the difficult living of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons, and that all people should have equal opportunity.
When asked about challenges in Rakhine State, the UNSG replied that the situations and challenges in Rakhine State are complicated and subtle, that the issues are rather deep and they are all based on social and economic matters.
He also expressed his delight over the formation of the Rakhine commission led by ex-UNSG Mr Kofi Anan. He said to the journalist that the social-economic status of Rakhine people is rather low and that the internally displaced persons need humanitarian assistance.
This is Mr Ban Ki-moon’s fifth visit to Myanmar, and his term of office expire in December, it is learnt.
He was accompanied with his wife and was welcomed upon arrival at Yangon International Airport by Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye and his wife Dr Mya Thida, the officials from both government departments and UN agencies.
Mr Ban Ki-moon and his wife were entertained with dinner at Park Royal Hotel last night by Vice President U Myint Swe and his wife Daw Khin Thet Htay.—Myanmar News Agency

Vice President U Myint Swe hosts dinner in honour of United Nations Secretary General Mr Ban Ki-moon and his wife. Photo: MNA
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