The UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Burma Vijay Nambiar is visiting the Kachin rebel headquarters of Laiza at the Sino-Burmese border on Wednesday with the approval of the Burmese government.
His delegation, accompanied by members of the Kachin State Peace Creation Group (PCG), set off at 7am and is expected back in state capital Myitkyina the same evening.
According to Kachin State Social Affairs Minister Bauk Ja, the UN envoy’s visit to the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) stronghold was approved by Naypyidaw despite the fact they had refused UN human rights envoy Tomás Ojea Quintana permission to visit the town just a week before.
“We arranged the trip, and Mr Nambiar travels through Kachin state as the regional government’s guest,” she said.
Bauk Ja said the Myitkyina-based regional government briefed Nambiar on current developments with regard to the peace process and confirmed that the UN special advisor met on Tuesday with a KIO liaison team along with the PCG.
She said that Nambiar will likely meet with KIO leaders in Laiza.
In May, the UN special advisor attended a round of peace talks between the KIO and the government’s Peace-making Work Committee in Myitkyina.