REPUBLIC OF KOREA – Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged to exert diplomatic pressure on the Myanmar military junta council to end the violence.
He said at a press conference held in Seoul, the capital of Korea, with members of The Elders, a group of former leaders of world organizations involved in global peacemaking and human rights initiatives.
After visiting Myanmar on April 23 and 24, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, who is also the vice president of The Elders, met with coup d’etat leader Min Aung Hlaing in Nay Pyi Taw and called for an immediate end to violence and the implementation of the five ASEAN Common Agreements.
In addition, Mr. Ban Ki-moon said that in order to find a solid long-term solution to the Myanmar issue, he is continuing to hold talks with both sides, including the military junta and the revolutionary armed forces.
“We are in close contact with all these people to help Myanmar develop democracy as much as possible.”
Some political experts are skeptical of this initiative, given Mr. Ban Ki-moon’s previous efforts to bring peace to Myanmar have made no progress.
National Unity Government (NUG) spokesperson Mr. Nay Phone Latt, referring to Mr. Ban Ki-moon’s meeting with the coup d’etat leader, stated that international leaders should know that if they shake hands with the leader of a terrorist military junta council, their hands will be stained with blood.
When Mr. Ban Ki-moon was serving as the UN Secretary-General, he visited Myanmar to pressure the military junta generals to obtain the right to provide international aid to the people affected by Cyclone Nargis in 2008, which killed hundreds of thousands of people.
In addition, he attended the Union Peace Conference held in Nay Pyi Taw in 2016 as an effort to end decades of armed conflict with ethnic minorities.