UN chief meets Burma reformist president

01-May-2012 Intellasia | AFP | 7:05 AM Print This Post

UN chief Ban Ki-moon held landmark talks with Myanmar’s president on Monday in a high-profile show of support for changes sweeping through the former pariah state.

During his three-day visit, Ban is expected to urge further steps towards democracy and appeal for unfettered humanitarian access to tens of thousands of refugees who have fled ethnic conflict.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (C) is greeted upon his arrival by Myanmar's Foreign Minister, U Wunna Maung Lwin (L) at the Naypyidaw International airport, on April 29. Ban held landmark talks with country's president on Monday in a high-profile show of support for changes sweeping through the former pariah state (AFP)

“I would like to extend a warm welcome from the people of Myanmar,” said President Thein Sein as the pair met at his official residence in the capital Naypyidaw, according to an AFP journalist.

Ban is also due to meet opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on what is his first trip to the country formerly called Burma since decades of military rule ended last year.

 


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