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01 Sep 2017 description


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the reports of excesses during the security operations conducted by Myanmar's security forces in Rakhine State and urges restraint and calm to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe.

28 Aug 2017 description


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned at the reports of civilians being killed during security operations in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

25 Aug 2017 description


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the attacks carried out against the Myanmar security forces in northern areas of Rakhine state. He extends his heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all those killed and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. He hopes those responsible for this unacceptable violence will be swiftly brought to justice.

09 Dec 2016 description

As Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Myanmar, I wish to underline that the United Nations remains seriously concerned by the developing situation in Northern Rakhine. The UN has called on the security forces to act in accordance with the rule of law and accepted international norms of conduct, and to exercise caution in avoiding disproportionate responses that could cause violence to civilians, loss of innocent lives, or damage the properties of the local population.

31 Aug 2016 description

I give you my full respect and greetings from the United Nations. It is a great honour for me as Secretary-General of the United Nations to address the great opening of the 21st Century Panglong Conference. Thank you for your invitation.

This is a historic occasion for the further democratization of this country.

The symbolism of this Conference is clear from its title, which recalls the spirit of the original Panglong Conference convened in 1947 by General Aung San, the Father of Modern Burma.

But today, we also look to the future.

31 Aug 2016 description

I am pleased to be here with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in her capacity as State Counsellor and new Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Before I say a few words, let me express my deepest condolences for the earthquake which struck your country on August 24 with losses of lives, injured people and destruction of infrastructures, particularly the destruction of many valuable historical monuments, including many pagodas.

I hope that under the leadership of President U Htin Kyaw and the State Counsellor, your people will be able to reconstruct as soon as possible from this.

25 Aug 2016 description

The Secretary-General's thoughts are today with the people of Italy and Myanmar following the earthquakes that struck the two countries on 24 August.

While reports on the impact of the earthquakes are still coming in, it is evident that lives have been lost and infrastructure has been damaged. In Italy, it is reported that an estimated 120 people have been killed and over 360 injured. In Myanmar, initial reports indicate that a number of buildings, including schools, pagodas and houses have been damaged in Naypyitaw, Mandalay and Magway regions.

16 Oct 2015 description

The Secretary-General welcomes the signing today in Nay Pyi Taw of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement by the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Myanmar Defence forces and several Ethnic Armed Organizations. This marks an important step in advancing national reconciliation and consolidating the reform process in the country.

30 Sep 2015 description


Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the Meeting of the Partnership Group on Myanmar, in New York today:

Excellencies, distinguished delegates, thank you for your participation. I especially welcome His Excellency U Wunna Maung Lwin, Union Minister of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar, and his delegation.

I want to begin with my deep condolences for the tragic loss of lives and damage caused by Cyclone Komen. The United Nations will continue to strongly support relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

14 May 2015 description

New York , 14 May 2015

The Secretary-General is concerned about the crisis evolving in the Andaman Sea and Straits of Malacca, where several thousand people are believed to be stranded on smugglers’ boats. He is alarmed by reports that some countries may be refusing entry to boats carrying refugees and migrants.

24 Apr 2015 description


Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at the meeting of the Partnership Group on Myanmar, in New York today:

Thank you for your participation in this Partnership Group meeting on Myanmar. I especially welcome Honourable Union Minister U Soe Thane and his distinguished delegation from Myanmar.

13 Nov 2014 description

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great honour for me to be back in Myanmar to co-chair the Sixth ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)-UN Summit and to attend the Ninth East Asia Summit. I congratulate the Government of the Union of Myanmar for successfully hosting these meetings. I thank ASEAN’s leaders for their commitment to cooperation with the United Nations.

27 Apr 2014 description


Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at the meeting of the Partnership Group on Myanmar, in New York today:

I welcome you to this first session of the Partnership Group on Myanmar.

As you will recall, we agreed unanimously at the Ministerial Meeting of the Group of Friends last September to reconfigure that forum to better reflect the positive developments on the ground and further broaden the scope of the partnership between Myanmar and the United Nations.

31 Mar 2014 description

On 30 March, the Secretary-General held a telephone conversation with President Thein Sein of Myanmar in the wake of recent developments in Sittwe, Rakhine State where staff and property of the United Nations and international non-governmental organizations came under attack. He urged the Government to uphold its obligations toward the safety and security of all staff members and to ensure the protection of property in accordance with relevant agreements.

31 May 2013 description

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Myanmar

The Secretary-General welcomes the agreement reached today between the Government of Myanmar and the Kachin Independence Organisation, after their first meeting inside Myanmar since the conflict broke out in June 2011. His Special Adviser, Vijay Nambiar, was present as Observer at the talks on behalf of the United Nations, together with representatives from the Chinese Embassy and Myanmar’s ethnic nationality groups.

26 Jun 2012 description


Following is Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, observed 26 June:

Drug abuse and illicit trafficking continue to have a profoundly negative impact on development and stability across the world.

The billions of dollars generated from illicit drugs fuel terrorist activities and abet other crimes such as human trafficking and the smuggling of arms and people.

26 Apr 2012 description

New York, 23 April 2012

Good evening.

I have just concluded a very productive meeting of my Group of Friends on Myanmar.

As you know, this Group has been a source of consistent support for my efforts in our engagement with Myanmar.

We have come to what I believe is a critical moment in Myanmar’s transition. And now is the time for the international community to stand together at Myanmar’s side.

03 Apr 2012 description


The following statement was issued on 2 April by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

22 Nov 2011 description


Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s opening remarks to the fourth Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN)—United Nations Summit, in Bali, Indonesia, 19 November:

13 Oct 2011 description

The Secretary-General is following closely the release of political prisoners by the Government of Myanmar as part of the amnesty granted by President Thein Sein. The Secretary-General welcomes the release, thus far, of a number of prominent figures. He hopes the Government will ensure that this process results in the early release of all political prisoners, consistent with its commitment to uphold fundamental rights and the rule of law.