New York

23 July 2013

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Myanmar

The Secretary-General welcomes the release of 73 political prisoners in Myanmar yesterday and also the recent statement by President Thein Sein that all political prisoners in the country will  be released by the end of the year. He hopes that these and other measures undertaken recently in the country's transition to democracy will further strengthen efforts toward a  comprehensive nation-wide cease-fire and national reconciliation in Myanmar.