topics
tools
Expatica countries
Index Last Var.(%)
BEL 20 3083.51 0.32
DAX 9605.08 0.17
IBEX 30 10058.5 -1.04
CAC 40 4387.61 -0.20
FTSE 100 6806.86 -0.05
AEX 397.5 -0.20
DJIA 16272.65 0.46
Nasdaq 4318.933 0.63
FTSE MIB 20298.33 -0.11
TSX Composite 14214.35 0.18
ASX 5415.4 -0.10
Hang seng 22836.96 0.04
Straits Times 3110.78 0.45
ISEQ 20 836.3 0.23
EUR / USD 1.37976 0.67
EUR / GBP 0.82571 0.59
USD / GBP 0.598544 -0.10
Gold 1329.6 -0.13
Oil 108.9 -0.76
Silver 21.28 0.08
You are here: Home News German News UN leader in latest top level Myanmar visit
Enlarge font Decrease font Text size


29/04/2012UN leader in latest top level Myanmar visit

UN chief Ban Ki-moon made his first trip to Myanmar under a new reformist regime on Sunday to encourage further progress amid a flurry of top-level visitors to the former pariah state.

Ban, who last week said Myanmar's transition had reached "a critical moment", is due to meet Aung San Suu Kyi for the first time and speak in the country's fledgling parliament during his three-day trip.

His is the latest in a string of high-level international visits amid a thaw in the army-dominated nation's relations with Western nations, which have begun rolling back sanctions against Myanmar to reward political changes.

The UN Secretary General, who has been to the country twice before, last visited Myanmar when the junta was in power in 2009 but was not allowed to see the Nobel laureate.

Suu Kyi on Sunday said that Myanmar was "looking to a better future" and expressed the hope for more "sustainable reforms" during a press conference following talks with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.

"I do not think that you can say that this process is irreversible," she said, but added that "all those who are in the position of power including the army is formally behind it".

Ban, who has said he would discuss ways the United Nations could help the country, travelled to Naypyidaw late Sunday and is set to hold talks with President Thein Sein on Monday.

He is then due to give an address to the country's parliament -- the first by a visiting foreign dignitary.

The landmark speech would have been witnessed by Suu Kyi, who won a parliamentary seat in April 1 by-elections, but the democracy campaigner has shunned the legislature in a dispute over the swearing-in oath.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) has said it will not swear to "safeguard" an army-created constitution, in the first sign of tension with the government since the by-elections.

Ban is now set to meet Suu Kyi in Yangon on Tuesday.

Myanmar, which languished for decades under a repressive junta, has undergone dramatic changes since a controversial 2010 election brought a civilian government to power -- albeit one with close links to the military.

Thein Sein, a former army general, has ushered through a broad range of changes since coming to power last year, including welcoming Suu Kyi's party into the political mainstream and freeing political prisoners.

Top EU diplomat Catherine Ashton is also in the country following the recent suspension of European Union sanctions.

Ashton on Saturday opened a new EU office in Yangon that will mostly oversee the management of aid programmes but also have a political role, in a first step towards establishing a full diplomatic mission.

The European Union has responded to what it said were "historic changes" by suspending for one year a wide range of trade, economic and individual sanctions, although it left intact an arms embargo.

Germany's Westerwelle said his visit to Myanmar on Sunday was to support "political change".

Other foreign dignitaries, including British Prime Minister David Cameron and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have visited Myanmar since the quasi-civilian government took power last year.

Canada also recently suspended most sanctions and Japan waived $3.7 billion of Myanmar's debt.

But the United States on Wednesday ruled out an immediate end to its main sanctions on Myanmar, saying it wanted to preserve leverage to push the regime on an end to ethnic violence and other key issues.



© 2012 AFP


0 reactions to this article

0 reactions to this article

Discussion Forums

Travel & Transport in Germany

Quality Real And Fake Passports,Driver’s License,ID Cards,

Community Noticeboard Germany

Quality Real And Fake Passports,Driver’s License,ID Cards,

Personal Finance in Germany

Mid-week currency update

Personal Finance in Germany

Tuesdays currency update

Personal Finance in Germany

Mondays Currency update

participate in the forums

 
 
 
 
 
Inside Expatica
The ABCs of the German school system

The ABCs of the German school system

What you need to know about German schools and daycare.

German immigration and residency regulations

German immigration and residency regulations

Want to move to Germany but haven’t figured out the details? Check out Expatica’s overview of the German permit system.

Driving in Berlin: Rules, habits and fines

Driving in Berlin: Rules, habits and fines

In part one of our two part series, we cover the driving culture in Berlin, where to park and buy gas and, most importantly, the laws.

Looking for work in Germany: The in depth version

Looking for work in Germany: The in depth version

Our comprehensive guide includes information on how to find work, recruitment agencies, employment contracts and labour law.