Wednesday, February 22, 2006

UN human rights envoy to visit Myanmar

United Nations human rights envoy on Myanmar (Burma) Serghio Pinheiro was wrapping up a two-day visit to Indonesia Tuesday (Feb 21), ahead of a planned visit by Presiden Bambang Yudhoyono to Myanmar.

Pinheiro, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, met with Indonesian foreign minister Hassan Wirayuda, former foreign minister Ali Alatas as well as Indonesian law makers.

Indonesia and the other Asean countries has urged Myanmar to take tangible steps towards democracy and make good on its promise to reform.

President Yudhoyono's visit would come as Malaysian foreign minister Syed Hamid Albar is trying to agree a date to visit Myanmar on behalf of Asean countries.

Syed Hamid is supposed to visit Myanmar as an envoy of Asean to check on its progress towards democracy. Asean signalled its impatience with Myanmar, a member of the grouping, at its annual meeting in Kuala Lumpur last December.

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