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.’