Meeting of Mr. Masahiko Koumura, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and U Nyan Win, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Myanmar

January 21, 2008

  1. Mr. Masahiko Koumura, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a meeting with U Nyan Win, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Myanmar, who was staying in Japan to attend the Japan-Mekong Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, for about 30 minutes from 3:15 p.m. on January 17 (Thu.).
  1. (1)  Mr. Koumura said, “For the development of the whole Mekong region, it is important for Myanmar to achieve development and become a stable democratic nation.  It is necessary to bring about concrete results for democratization from the current talks between the Government of Myanmar and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and the international community is paying attention to that point.  The Government of Myanmar should accept another visit from Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General, as soon as possible.  We hope that the Government of Myanmar will take bold steps for democratization and improvement of the human rights situation at this very moment when the international community is closely watching the situation in Myanmar.”
  2. (2)  U Nyan Win said, “The Government of Myanmar has been making constant efforts to realize national reconciliation, peace and stability in the country.  We are making efforts to have constructive talks with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.  In December last year, we received a request from Prof. Gambari to accept his visit in early January this year.  It was not very long after his previous visit November last year and our schedule was very tight because of other national events.  For these reasons, we replied that it was difficult to accept another visit at that time and we would be ready to accept another visit in mid-April or later.  Myanmar will continue to cooperate with the United Nations in any case.”

    (3)  In response, Mr. Koumura said, “Even if it was difficult for you to accept his visit in early January, mid-April would be too late for the next visit.  It is important that Myanmar accepts Prof. Gambari’s visit as soon as possible.”

  1. (1)  Regarding the death of Mr. Kenji Nagai, Mr. Koumura said, “Although the Myanmar police explained about the incident to the Embassy of Japan in Myanmar in December last year, there are still differences between Japan and Myanmar in the understanding of facts of the incident.  The Japanese side has not been convinced yet by the account given by the Myanmar police.  We submitted to the Government of Myanmar the results of the autopsy by the Japanese police and video images that the Japanese police used for the analysis of the incident.  I strongly urge the Government of Myanmar to arrange an opportunity for fact-finding with participation of experts from both countries based on these.”
  2. (2)  U Nyan Win said, “I reiterate that it was an accident that happened in a chaotic situation, and that it was an extremely regrettable incident for both the Government and the people of Myanmar.  Although the Ministry of Home Affairs of Myanmar is directly in charge of this incident, I myself would like to make my best efforts to arrange another opportunity to find out the truth.”


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