UN chief to visit Myanmar at end of the week

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General is visiting Myanmar at the end of this week to meet with leaders there as the country enters what he says is "a critical moment" in its transition.

Mr. Ban made the announcement late on Monday after meeting with his Group of Friends on Myanmar, made up of 14 countries and the European Union.

The Secretary-General said there have been encouraging political and economic reforms in the Asian country over the past year-and-a-half and the recent elections were a landmark.

Yet, Mr. Ban added the United Nations and the Group of Friends on Myanmar recognize that the country's "fresh start is still fragile".

"Myanmar is only at the beginning of its transition. Many challenges lie ahead. Many concerns have yet to be addressed. Yet I am convinced that we have an unprecedented opportunity to help the country advance toward a better future. That is why, today, I am announcing that I have accepted an invitation from President Thein Sein to visit Myanmar. I will depart at the end of this week." (Duration: 25")

Mr. Ban said that on this third trip to the country, he looks forward to personally congratulating President Thein Sein and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader who recently won a parliamentary seat.

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