Elders to visit Myanmar this week


Elders, including Gro-Harlem Brundtland and Jimmy Carter, with President Thein Sein on their previous visit to Myanmar in 2013.
Photos: Kaung Htet

Two members of The Elders will travel to Nay Pyi Taw and Myitkyina in Kachin State during a three-day visit to Myanmar this week. They will then visit the Thai-Myanmar border area to “study the long-term impact” of Myanmar’s civil wars.

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland and former President of Finland and Nobel peace laureate Martti Ahtisaari will arrive in Myanmar on March 24. It follows a September 2013 visit by the pair along with former US President Jimmy Carter.

The group said in a statement that the purpose of this visit is to meet with a wider cross-section of Myanmar society, including grassroots and ethnic minority organisations that the Elders were unable to meet on their first visit, “at a critical time for Myanmar’s political and economic opening-up”.

Source: Myanmar Times

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