Wed 31 Aug 2005
Filed under: Inside Burma,News
Chiang Mai: Thailand Foreign Minister Kantathi Suphamongkhon will visit Rangoon today to hold talks with Burma’s military junta.
He is scheduled to arrive in Burma this evening and will stay in Burma till Thursday. Thai foreign ministry spokesperson Sihasuk Phuongketkeow told Mizzima that the foreign minister is scheduled to meet Burmese foreign minister Nyan Win and will also call on Senior General Than Shwe tomorrow.
When asked about the issues on the agenda during Mr. Suphamongkhon’s visit to Rangoon, the spokesperson said, “There are no specific issues. There will be overall discussions covering all issues.”
He added that bilateral issues will be discussed. These include economic cooperation along the border areas and assistance to Burma on developmental projects.However, analysts believe that domestic political affairs in Burma are the main agenda for the meeting.
This is the first trip to Burma for Mr. Kantathi Suphamongkhon since he took up his position in March this year.
If he meets Senior General Than Shwe, Mr. Suphamongkhon will be the first foreign government official to meet Burmese senior General Than Shwe after last week’s rumours of a coup in Burma.
Rumours of a coup spread in and outside Burma. It related to the country’s strongman Senior General Than Shwe being ousted in a coup led by Junta’s number two General Maung Aye. However, last Sunday, the Junta’s information Minister Brigadier General Kyaw Hsan denied the rumours and said that the head of the Junta was discharging his responsibilities round the clock and is in good health.