Com­man­derin-chief heads to EU meet

The Myanmar Times - - News - THU THU AUNG thuthuaung@mm­times.com

SE­NIOR Gen­eral Min Aung Hlaing will dis­cuss the role of the Tat­madaw in democrati­sa­tion at a meet­ing of the Euro­pean Union Mil­i­tary Com­mit­tee to­mor­row.

The com­man­der-in-chief “will present the de­fence land­scape in his coun­try, in light of its pro­gress­ing tran­si­tion to­ward democ­racy and na­tional rec­on­cil­i­a­tion”, the EUMC said in a state­ment.

The ses­sion comes as part of a two­day meet­ing this week in Brus­sels.

The Tat­madaw-run Myawady news out­let re­ported that Snr Gen Min Aung Hlaing de­parted Yan­gon on Novem­ber 5 to at­tend the EUMC meet­ing at the in­vi­ta­tion of the EUMC chair, Gen­eral Mikhail Kostarakos.

Dur­ing the trip, Snr Gen Min Aung Hlaing will meet EU de­fence and civil­ian lead­ers. Ac­cord­ing to an agenda of the two-day EUMC meet­ing, the ad­dress by Snr Gen Min Aung Hlaing is the only ded­i­cated ses­sion of­fered to an Asian mil­i­tary fig­ure, high­light­ing the Tat­madaw’s as­cen­dance in re­cent years in the eyes of West­ern lead­ers who had long vil­i­fied the in­sti­tu­tion over its poor hu­man rights record.

Gen Kostarakos trav­elled to Myan­mar in June, meet­ing with Snr Gen Min Aung Hlaing, State Coun­sel­lor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Min­is­ter for De­fence Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Sein Win.

The third most pow­er­ful mem­ber of Myan­mar’s De­fence Ser­vices, Gen­eral Mya Tun Oo, and other se­nior mil­i­tary of­fi­cers have joined the com­man­der-in-chief in Europe this week.

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