Suu Kyi not attending Geneva conference

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  • Saturday, 23 Feb 2019

GENEVA: Myanmar will be represented by a government minister at a United Nations conference in Geneva next week, and not by the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, according to the latest agenda for the meeting.

An agenda for the Conference on Disarmament showed Suu Kyi was supposed to hold a talk on Feb 27 and was also scheduled to meet UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres a day earlier.

But an agenda posted on the conference’s website yesterday anno­unced that Kyaw Tin, the Union Mini­ster for International Coope­ration, will speak on behalf of Myanmar.

UN officials also said they did not have any information about Suu Kyi coming to Geneva.

Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay also did not respond to calls seeking comment and diplomats at the mission in Geneva.

Myanmar has banned the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, from coming to the country and Suu Kyi’s administration has opposed raising the profile of the UN resident coordinator in Myanmar.

Suu Kyi also has largely shunned travel to the West since the Rohingya crisis broke, but she and senior officials in her administration travel regularly within Asia.

Last year, Suu Kyi visited Australia, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam and Nepal. — Reuters

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