Myanmar urged to release remaining political prisoners

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) and Vijay Nambiar, his Chief of Staff

Authorities in Myanmar have been urged to release political prisoners and amend a law governing the registration of political parties.

The message has been conveyed by the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Myanmar, Vijay Nambiar, who has concluded a five-day visit to the country.

Mr. Nambiar said he was in Myanmar to relay the UN Secretary-General's encouragement of the "important steps" to advance the reform agenda led by President Thein and the efforts by all concerned to promote national dialogue and reconciliation.

"It is of crucial importance for Myanmar's regional and global standing to maintain the positive momentum that these initiatives have generated. The release of the remaining political prisoners as part of the recent amnesty process and the enactment of the proposed amendments to the party registration law, are steps that can and should be taken as a matter of priority."

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After nearly five decades of military rule, Myanmar held general elections in November last year which led to a parliament that elected President Thein Sein.

The National League for Democratic Change, led by Aung San Suu Kyi boycotted last year's general elections.

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