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UN head to discuss Rohingya on Myanmar visit

November 8, 2014

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will also talk about reform process

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will visit Myanmar next week to discuss the country’s reform process and the treatment of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority, according to a statement released Saturday.

Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Ban will hold talks with senior officials in the capital Nay Pyi Taw.

Myanmar’s human rights record and stalled democratic reforms will be under the spotlight next week for the meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Ban will meet Nobel Peace laureate and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as well as President Thein Sein, Dujarric said.

It is his second visit to the country since the start of widely-praised reforms. In 2012 he congratulated Sein and Suu Kyi for their work on the process but optimism has since waned amid concerns that reform has slowed.

Ban will arrive in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday. After the summit he will travel to Australia for the G20 meeting in Brisbane.

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