Suu Kyi to meet UN Secretary-General in Manila

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Kyaw Zaw Linn
State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi seen along with US President Donald Trump arriving for a group photo at the 5th Asean-US Summit in Manila. (Photo- Kyaw Zaw Linn/EMG)

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will meet the Secretary-General of the United Nations on November 14 in Manila, the capital of the Philippines.

It will be an independent side meeting between Suu Kyi and Antonio Guterres. The UN head is in Manila to attend the 31st Asean Summit and related meetings, said a UN official.

The Rakhine issue is among the topics they will discuss. Guterres recently criticised Myanmar’s government over the violence in Rakhine State.

The United Nations Security Council agreed on November 6, just days before the Asean summit began, to release a strong condemnation of events in Myanmar as more than 600,000 refugees fled to Bangladesh as the military responded to action by militants.

Although Western countries wanted a stronger wording, China’s objected.

A draft of the statement to be issued after the Southeast Asian summit made no mention of the Rakhine issue, Reuters reported.

The statement was drawn up by the Philippines, current chair of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Reuters said the communique mentioned the importance of humanitarian relief provided for victims of natural disasters in Vietnam and a recent urban battle with Islamist militants in the

Philippines, as well as “affected communities” in northern Rakhine State.

Suu Kyi also made no mention of the Rakhine issue when she addressed a related meeting of the 31st Asean summit on November 12 in Manila.