NEW YORK (Kyodo) U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is expected to visit Japan at the end of June before possibly traveling to Myanmar in early July, U.N. diplomatic sources said Thursday.
During Ban’s trip to Japan, which will be his third visit to the country since taking the lead at the world body, he is expected to meet with Prime Minister Taro Aso and other Japanese leaders in Tokyo and discuss a broad range of issues, including North Korea, climate change and U.N. reform.
But the possible visit to Myanmar is “still under consideration,” though it could take place in early July, one of the sources said.
Meanwhile, The Associated Press reported out of Yangon Thursday that a Western diplomat was quoted as confirming that the junta is ready to host Ban for a “very brief visit” early next month.
A potentially sensitive issue at the moment is the fact that democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is currently on trial on charges of violating the terms of her house arrest after a man swam to her guarded compound uninvited and stayed two days.
If found guilty she will face up to five years in prison.
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