Myanmar: Ban finally meets Suu Kyi

Now Reading:

Myanmar: Ban finally meets Suu Kyi

Text size Aa Aa

The Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon has met the Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi for the first time.

On Ban’s last visit in 2009, the pair were not allowed to meet. The country was firmly under military rule, and she was under house arrest.

Now she is free and the country is taking tentative steps towards democracy. Her party, the National League for Democracy, won a landslide victory in elections a month ago.

Ban is on a three day visit to Myanmar to offer United Nations support for the fledgling reforms.

The meeting came a day after Suu Kyi announced that the NLD had resolved a dispute over the wording of the oath of allegiance, and would therefore end a boycott of parliament.

It means the opposition MPs will travel to the capital and take up their seats in the chamber on Wednesday.