President U Htin Kyaw meets with Kofi Annan

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Nay Pyi Taw, Sep 8

President U Htin Kyaw received the Chairman of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State Mr. Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.

During the meeting the President said that the issues in Rakhine State are important matters for Myanmar, expressing his belief that the problem could be resolved through Mr. Kofi Annan’s skillful handling. Mr. Kofi Annan expressed his view that the Myanmar commission was formed with the inclusion of three foreigners in order to help the country seek solutions to the issues of Rakhine State with the help of their international experience.

The former UN Chief added that he understands the situation in which he faced protests which were staged democratically during his Rakhine State visit.

He stressed the need for ensuring a clear understanding of the requirements for any resolutions while taking account of public opinion by the Commission so that there can be effective problem solving, adding that the commission will coordinate with Myanmar officials concerned.

Next, the two representatives exchanged views on the 21st Century Panglong Union Peace Conference, the sharing of agricultural methods by the Kofi Annan foundation and preventive measures against narcotic drug sale and use.

Also present were Union Ministers Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, Lt-Gen Ye Aung, U Thein Swe and Dr Win Myat Aye and officials.