Ban vs Than Shwe:“I told him that I wanted to meet her, but he told me that she is [on] trial,” “But I told him that this is my proposal, and this is important, and I’m waiting for their reply.”

If Ban is allowed to meet with Suu Kyi, he will be the first UN secretary-general to do so since her first period of detention started in 1989.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (L) takes part in a meeting with Burma’s junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe in the country’s capital Naypyidaw on July 3, 2009. (Photo: Getty Images

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