New York

29 September 2012

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Thein Sein, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar

The Secretary-General met President Thein Sein of Myanmar today.

They exchanged views on Myanmar’s political reforms as well as socio-economic development and national reconciliation.

They also discussed the recent outbreak of violence in Rakhine state and the immediate and long-term perspectives to promote intercommunal 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.

The Secretary-General called for concerted efforts in addressing the situation in Kachin.

The Secretary-General commended the President’s political vision and leadership and encouraged him to continue to focus on the reform process and on its consolidation.

He reiterated the readiness of the UN to continue to support the reform process in Myanmar including through his Good Offices and peacebuilding activities.