Thursday, July 2, 2009
Myanmar visit a test of credibility for UN Sec-Gen
When United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon arrives in Myanmar tomorrow, he will be challenged to show results for the sake of his credibility and that of the UN, as well as for the regional and international community. The main challenge for him is to go beyond the process and protocol of meetings and come up with real options to end the stalemate over the regime's detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Three key issues will figure in Mr Ban's talks with the regime's supremo, Senior General Than Shwe: the release of political prisoners, including Ms Suu Kyi; the resumption of dialogue between the government and the political opposition; and the need to create conditions conducive to credible elections next year.