UN chief to visit Myanmar on Thursday
UN chief Ban Ki-moon will visit cyclone-hit Myanmar on Thursday and will head directly to the areas hardest hit by cyclone Nargis.Updated: May 20, 2008 02:24 IST
UN chief Ban Ki-moon will visit cyclone-hit Myanmar on Thursday and will head directly to the areas hardest hit by cyclone Nargis, his spokeswoman said on Monday.
Michele Montas corrected an earlier statement on Monday in which she had said Ban would arrive in Yangon on Wednesday, after leaving for Thailand on Tuesday.
Ban "is scheduled to meet in Myanmar with senior government officials. He will travel again to Bangkok for a series of bilateral meetings on Friday, to return again to Yangon on Sunday May 26 for a pledging conference that will be co-sponsored by the UN and ASEAN. He will return to New York on Monday," Montas added, stressing that the Myanmar trip was "strictly a humanitarian visit."
"His objective is to reinforce the ongoing aid operation, see how the international relief and rehabilitation effort can be scaled up and work with Myanmar authorities to significantly increase the amount of aid flowing through Yangon to the areas most affected by the disaster," she said.
"He is also to more effectively coordinate and systematize the international community's emergency relief and longer term rehabilitation and reconstruction assistance," she added.