Before the opening ceremony this morning, the UN secretary-general met with representatives of civil society organisations over breakfast to hear their views.
Ban Ki-moon said, “I commend the new Government for its emphasis on dialogue, cooperation and reconciliation between military and civil society leaders and political and economic stakeholders.”
This morning’s 9am announcement of results by Burma’s election commission did not deliver as expected the fatal blow to the military-backed government.
While foreign observers largely praised the NCA signing, leaders from some ethnic groups that did not accede to the accord expressed their skepticism.
Meetings with Ban Ki-moon and US Deputy Secretary of State follow on from talk at Carnegie Center where he said he would accept a presidential nomination.
Burmese government soldiers continue to perpetrate sexual violence against women on a widespread scale with impunity, according to a Women’s League of Burma report.