Mr. Vijay Nambiar, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Myanmar visited the country from 25 August to 2 September. During his visit, he met with national leaders including Vice President Sai Mauk Kham, Speaker of the Union Parliament Thura U Shwe Mann and Opposition Leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. He also met with various other government officials at the national, state and regional levels as well as with leaders of ethnic groups, religious leaders, civil society and the diplomatic corps.
During the course of his stay in Myanmar, besides his official meetings in Yangon and Naypyitaw, he also visited Myitkyina, Laiza, Meiktila, Sittwe, Thandwe and other places in Northern Rakhine. Apart from his various official level contacts and consultations as well as field visits, he briefly attended a workshop on rural development in Yangon. In Laiza, Mr. Nambiar met with leaders of the Kachin Independence Organization and visited IDP camps and in Meiktila, he participated in an interfaith dialogue with members of various religious groups. In Nay Pyi Taw, the Special Adviser observed the first consultative meeting between the Union Peace Working Committee, the Karen National Union and the Restoration Council of Shan State. In Sittwe, he joined in a consultation between government officials and members of the local Muslim community.
The present visit of the Special Adviser was part of his routine consultations prior to the sixty eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly due to begin later in September.