Bangkok. Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made a surprise visit to military-ruled Myanmar on behalf of a group of senior politicians engaged in peacebuilding and human rights initiatives man all over the world. A South Korean diplomat gave this information on Monday. Ban’s arrival in the capital Napita, vice-president of “The Elders”, was announced by the public television channel MRTV on Sunday evening. According to MRTV, Moon arrived with a small delegation and was received by the deputy ministers of defense and foreign affairs.
A South Korean embassy official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media: “This visit by Ban Ki-moon was entirely determined by ‘The Elders’.” We are not involved in this process. This is not an official tour. It’s probably a two day trip. He will leave in the evening. Ban Ki-moon is the former foreign minister of South Korea. ‘The Elders’ has yet to release details of Ban’s visit. No information was given by the military government of Myanmar, but it definitely seems to be an initiative to deal with the ongoing political crisis in Myanmar. The group “The Elders” was founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007.
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A Napita official said Ban was due to meet the country’s leader, General-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing, and tour the national museum on Monday morning. The officer also gave this information with a request not to reveal the name as he is not authorized to release the information. Violent unrest has been raging in Myanmar since the army overthrew the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, 2021. There were many public protests against this action by the army. However, it was brutally crushed by security forces and has since turned into widespread armed resistance.
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