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21 May 2008 :: 15:05:36 pm 29152

Un Chief Arrives In Bangkok Wednesday, Bound For Myanmar

BANGKOK, May 20 - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will arrive in the Thai capital Wednesday enroute to cyclone-hit Myanmar "to assess damages inflicted upon that country and drum up international humanitarian assistance," according to Thai Foreign Minister Noppadon Pattama.
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Mr. Noppadon told journalists that the UN chief would spend Wednesday night in Bangkok before leaving for Myanmar’s former capital of Yangon on Thursday.

Mr. Ban will return to Bangkok and meet with Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej at Government House on Saturday, the foreign minister said.

The secretary-general will go back to Myanmar on Sunday to join a meeting called by the United Nations, to be sponsored jointly by the UN and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

According to Mr. Noppadon, ASEAN is sending its secretary-general, former Thai diplomat Surin Pitsuwan, to visit Myanmar to assess damages caused by Cyclone Nargis.

He said Myanmar, also a member of ASEAN, has welcomed the idea.

According to Myanmar state television, some 78,000 people were killed by the cyclone and about 56,000 people were still missing.

In another development, a 30-member Thai medical teams provided treatment to some 230 Myanmar victims at a temporary relief centre in the town of Myaungmya on Monday, its first full day in place after arriving Sunday.

Most of the patients suffered from wounds and were not found to be suffering any serious diseases.

Meanwhile, a portion of the Thai medical team planned to travel to the town of Labutta to provide treatment to cyclone victims at a temporary relief centre and at a hospital. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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