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Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon does all he can for peace in Myanmar | Political News


Ban called for an end to the violence and a “peaceful, democratic and legitimate government”.

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged an end to the violence that has rocked Myanmar since a February 2021 coup and renewed efforts to ensure lasting peace and a legitimate government.

Ban Ki-moon, who is part of the former world leader’s Presbyterian advisory group, made the comments in a statement after visiting the country at the invitation of the military.

“I have come to Myanmar to urge the military to immediately stop the violence and to start a constructive dialogue between the parties concerned,” Ban Ki-moon said in a statement on Tuesday, stressing that the National Unity Government (NUG) formed by elected politicians was Removal of coups and pro-democracy activists must be part of any discussion.

The generals described all opponents as “terrorists”.

“My meeting is exploratory. I will do everything in my power to help the people of Myanmar gain the peace, prosperity and freedom they deserve.”

Myanmar is in crisis as army chief Gen. Min Aung Hlaing seizes power and detains elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi just as her National League for Democracy (NLD) is about to start a second term after a landslide election victory.

The coup sparked massive protests and a violent military response, leading some to take up arms in an attempt to restore democracy.

Ban Ki-moon said he traveled to Myanmar at the invitation of the military and met Min Aung Hlaing in the capital, Nay Pyi Taw, as well as Thein Sein, who was president of the semi-civilian government from 2011 to 2016. Described the discussion as cordial in its Tuesday edition.

Ban Ki-moon’s statement made no mention of any meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi, who was jailed for at least 33 years after a series of secret trials in which she was convicted of corruption and what critics say Other charges of political motivation. He had met her when he was secretary-general of the United Nations.

In talks with the military, Ban Ki-moon said he stressed the urgency of making progress in implementing the five-point agreement of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and taking action on December’s UN Security Council resolution, which included calling for an immediate end to the violence and Release all political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi and civilian President Win Myint.

Ban Ki-moon’s surprise visit follows global outrage over a military airstrike on a village in the Sagaing region that killed more than 160 civilians, including children, and he said he reiterated international condemnation of the attack .

He arrived in Yangon after a counter-coup group killed a senior military-appointed election official in the country.

The military claimed without evidence that the last election in November 2020 was rigged and promised to call a new election, but the NLD and other parties were arrested for failing to re-register under strict new electoral laws enacted by the generals. banned.

Ban Ki-moon said elections should only be held when conditions are free and fair.

“Holding elections under the current conditions could spark further violence and division, and the results of the elections will not be recognized by the people of Myanmar, ASEAN and the wider international community,” the statement warned.

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