Following a surprise meeting with Myanmar’s military officials, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged for an immediate end to bloodshed in the Southeast Asian country.
Ban met with the military government’s head, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, and other top officials on Monday in Myanmar’s capital, Naypyitaw. His expedition was undertaken on behalf of an international group of elder statesmen involved in peacekeeping and human rights efforts.
Ban is deputy chair of the group. which calls itself The Elders.
A statement released Tuesday by the group quoted Ban as saying his meetings were “exploratory.”
According to the statement, Ban, who flew to Bangkok from Naypyitaw on Monday night, stressed the importance of implementing a peace plan by the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the United Nations to end violence between the military and pro-democracy resistance forces following the army’s 2021 ouster of the civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi.
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