Published on Thursday, 07 February 2013 17:39
The conflict in Kachin State will top the agenda of next week’s visit by the UN’s special envoy on human rights in Myanmar, according to a statement by the envoy.
“I am feeling deep concern over the armed conflict in Kachin … and I will call for a ceasefire and progress in addressing minorities’ issues,” Tomas Ojea Quintana said in the statement.
His five-day visit, which begins on Monday, will be his seventh since Myanmar began implementing democratic reforms almost two years ago. His previous visits included fact-finding missions to Kachin and Rakhine states.
He will meet with government officials, MPs, members of the Myanmar Human Rights Commission and non-governmental organizations in Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon.
He is scheduled to hold a press conference at Yangon International Airport before he departs on February 16.
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