UN Secretary-General meets President Thein Sein

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) and President U Thein Sein of Myanmar. UN Photo/Evan Schneider
 
29 September 2012 

In the meeting between the Secretary-General and Myanmar’s President Thein Sein, the two men exchanged views on the Asian nation’s political reforms, as well as socio-economic development and national reconciliation.

They also discussed the recent outbreak of violence in Rakhine state, in the country’s west, and the immediate and long-term perspectives to promote inter-communal harmony and address the root causes of the tension there, including developmental efforts – the President confirmed the country would address the long-term ramifications of this question.

Mr. Ban called for concerted efforts in addressing the situation in Kachin state – which has experience mass displacement since fighting broke out between Government troops and rebels last year – and commended the President’s political vision and leadership, and encouraged him to continue to focus on the reform process and on its consolidation. He also reiterated the readiness of the UN to continue to support the reform process in Myanmar, including through peacebuilding activities and his own ‘good offices.’

SG’s Group of Friends Meeting

28 September 2012

The Secretary-General has just concluded a productive meeting of his Group of Friends on Myanmar. Since its inception the forum has been a source of consistent support and guidance for the United Nations efforts in engagement with Myanmar.

At the meeting today, we have discussed recent developments and the overall reform process in Myanmar. We have taken note of the progress made by the Government of Myanmar since the previous high-level meeting of the Group of Friends on Myanmar in September last year. We hope it will continue and result in the strengthening of democratic institutions and forging peace with all ethnic and religious groups in the country.

Press statement issued by Vijay Nambiar, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for Myanmar

12- 17 September 2012

The Secretary-General has just concluded a productive meeting of his Group of Friends on Myanmar. Since its inception the forum has been a source of consistent support and guidance for the United Nations efforts in engagement with Myanmar.
At the meeting today, we have discussed recent developments and the overall reform process in Myanmar. We have taken note of the progress made by the Government of Myanmar since the previous high-level meeting of the Group of Friends on Myanmar in September last year. We hope it will continue and result in the strengthening of democratic institutions and forging peace with all ethnic and religious groups in the country.
The United Nations will continue to do its part to help the people of Myanmar to address the political, humanitarian and developmental challenges facing their country.