UN’s Ban Says He’s Very Pleased with Burmese Democratic Reforms

Posted January 25th, 2012 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is very pleased with the democratic reforms so far in Burma and that he plans another visit there soon.

Mr. Ban said Wednesday he is encouraged by moves from President Thein Sein, such as freeing political prisoners.

Mr. Ban said he and other U.N. diplomats have continuously and patiently carried out public and behind the scenes diplomacy with the Burmese government.

He said his previous visits to Burma, along with those from his special advisors, set the stage for international engagement with Burma.

In recent months, Burma has freed a number of political prisoners, including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was under house arrest and now plans to run for parliament. It has also opened peace talks with ethnic rebels and loosened controls on the media.

Critics of Burma say despite the transition from military to civilian rule, Burmese generals still dominate parliament and politics.