During the official visit in Myanmar, for the first time Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of united nations had a meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of National League for Democracy (NLD) in Myanmar.
Myanmar and elections
For the efforts made by Suu Kyi in Myanmar, Ban greeted her decision to prepare for parliament debut in-spite of oath word issue. He voiced UN’s support of the process to improve democracy and human rights which might be difficult and be irreversible. Suu Kyi was invited by Ban to visit UN headquarters in New York at appropriate time. On Sunday, to develop some significant changes , Ban visited Myanmar. While in Nay Pyi Taw Monday, Ban met with President U Thein Sein and speakers of the two Houses Thura U Shwe Mann and U Khin Aung Myint.
Visit in Myanmar
During this official visit to Myanmar, discussions were performed over a broad range of issues relating to promotion of cooperation between the UN and Myanmar. Between the UN and Myanmar, an agreement was signed, which offers the latter with technical assistance and helping mobilize financial support for the country’s first census since 1983. In Nay Pyi Taw, while addressing the parliament, Ban Ki-moon, urged the international community to go further in lifting, easing and suspending trade restrictions and other sanctions on Myanmar.
Before visiting Myanmar, Ban had toured eastern Shan state and looked into the ongoing project of drug elimination implemented by the UN Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC). For Ban it is his third trip to visit Myanmar. In 2008 he was in Myanmar, when cyclone Nargis struck the country.
In 2009, Ban missed the chance to meet Suu Kyi in Myanmar, because at that time she was under house restrictions and she faced with legal charge. The charge was about porting a U.S. citizen who sneaked into her lakeside residence for three days.