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UN to send senior official to Myanmar

world Updated: May 15, 2008 13:02 IST
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In order to strengthen disaster relief in Myanmar UN-Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon wants to send a high-ranking representative of the UN to that country.

Ban told journalists on Wednesday that in the next few days he would send Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, John Holmes to Myanmar in a World Food Programmes plane.

Earlier in the day, Ban had met delegates of UN member states as well as representatives from the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) and a Myanmar representative to discuss concrete arrangements.

Ban said leaders discussed working more closely together in the Myanmar emergency relief effort, but he emphasised that he would not support delivering aid goods without the full support of the military regime.

Leaders also discussed electing a UN-Asean coordinator who would establish a logistical aid centre outside Myanmar.