UN Calls for Reforms to Benefit Burmese People

Posted February 17th, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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A top U.N. official urged Burma Friday to ensure that new reforms benefit citizens of the impoverished nation in areas such as healthcare and education.

Vijay Nambiar, special adviser to the U.N. chief on Burma, made the appeal at the end of a five-day visit during which he met key figures including President Thein Sein and main opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

A U.N. press release Friday praised the changes underway, saying they have “attained an unprecedented level of initiative.”

The statement added that health, education and job creation remain key responsibilities for both central and local authorities in order to empower people to participate fully in the country's development and growth.