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No plan set for Myanmar's Suu Kyi to meet UN chief

No plan set for Myanmar's Suu Kyi to meet UN chief

Detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Thursday she has not been informed of any plans for her to meet U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during his upcoming visit.
Ban is due to arrive in Yangon on Friday morning and then fly to the new administrative capital of Naypyitaw as part of his ongoing effort to promote political reconciliation between the ruling military and the opposition. He will meet with top junta leader Senior Gen. Than Shwe and Prime Minister Gen. Thein Sein.
He is also scheduled to meet leaders from Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, other political parties and some ethnic minorities.
While some senior party members from the league have been informed that they will have an opportunity to meet Ban, a spokesman for the party, Nyan Win, told reporters there is "no indication" that he would meet Suu Kyi.
Suu Kyi said that if they did speak, she did not intend to discuss her current trial for violating the terms of her house arrest, he said.
Nyan Win, who is also one of her lawyers, said that Suu Kyi told her lawyers that her trial is not her priority, adding that "she's interested only in national reconciliation."
He added: "The U.N. Secretary-General ought to meet ... Aung San Suu Kyi in order to resolve Myanmar's political problems."
Suu Kyi, who has been in detention without trial for more than 13 of the past 19 years, is being held in Insein Prison while her trial is under way. If found guilty, she could be sentenced to five years in prison.
She was charged after an uninvited visitor, 53-year-old American John W. Yettaw, swam secretly to her lakeside house in May and stayed for two days. Final testimony in the case is expected Friday.
In Japan on Tuesday, Ban reiterated his call for the junta to free Suu Kyi and all of its estimated 2,100 political prisoners.


Updated : 2021-10-25 04:12 GMT+08:00