New York, 13 October 2011 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on MyanmarThe Secretary-General is following closely the release of political prisoners by the Government of Myanmar as part of the amnesty granted by President Thein Sein. The Secretary-General welcomes the release, thus far, of a number of prominent figures. He hopes the Government will ensure that this process results in the early release of all political prisoners, consistent with its commitment to uphold fundamental rights and the rule of law.
The Secretary-General also wishes to acknowledge the ongoing dialogue between the Government and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and negotiations between the authorities and ethnic groups. He calls on all parties to redouble their efforts with a view to strengthening national unity, setting promised reforms on an irreversible course and addressing the serious challenges facing the country.
Statements on 13 October 2011
- New York, 13 October 2011 - Secretary-General's message to the 2011 Humanitarian of the Year Gala Dinner [Delivered by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)]
- New York, 13 October 2011 - Secretary-General's remarks at South-South Awards Event in recognition of Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health [as prepared for delivery]
- New York, 13 October 2011 - Secretary-General's message on International Disaster Risk Reduction Day