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Ban Ki-Moon on CNN
UN Sec. Gen. Ban Speaks on Myanmar on CNN
CNN Interviews UN Chief regarding Aung San Suu Kyi
UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon:
Ban (born on June 13, 1944) is the current secretary-general of the UN. He was the foreign minister of S. Korea from January 2004 to November 2006 before he became the UN chief in 2007. Ban was a career diplomat in S. Korea's Foreign Ministry. He entered diplomatic service in 1970 after he graduated from the prestigious Seoul National University. In the foreign ministry he established a reputation for modesty and competence.

On Wednesday (May 20, 2009) U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon spoke exclusively to CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney about the "unacceptable" situation in Myanmar regarding Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Here is the full transcript below.

FIONNUALA SWEENEY, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR: On Monday, nine Nobel winners asked you to directly intervene in the case of Aung San Suu Kyi, who's now on trial.

BAN KI-MOON, U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL: I'm going to visit Myanmar as soon as possible. Now I am very serious in discussing with government of Myanmar when I could be able to visit Myanmar. I'm deeply concerned about what has been happening in Myanmar, in terms of Democratization and I'm going to urge again the release of political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi.

This morning, my resident coordinator in Yangon attended this trial of Madame Aung San Suu Kyi. Together with some ambassadors of a diplomatic core, we tried to urge to open up democratically and socially over Myanmar government and society.

SWEENEY: And what did your advisors have to say to you about how the trial was conducted?

MOON: That was first trial of Aung San Suu Kyi. It ended within an hour. In procedural matters he met Aung San Suu Kyi and he had found that Aung San Suu Kyi was in good, healthy conditions. But, we are again, deeply concerned about the detention. I'm going to urge continuously to the release of her, as well as other political leaders.

And when I go there in person, I'll discuss with senior General Than Shwe and other government officials on this matter.

SWEENEY: And in terms of her state of health, so your advisor staff say that she was in good health. Is she in good spirits?

MOON: I don't think she would be in good spirits when she has been in detention such a long time. But, I am relieved that she is at least in good health. That is important. We'll continue to monitor and urge Myanmar government for the well-being of her.

SWEENEY: Do you have any idea about the kind of conditions she's being held in?

MOON: She was charged, according to Myanmar authorities on a case of —

SWEENEY: Did you know that the prison conditions apparently — it's quite a notorious prison.

MOON: She's not detained in one of the houses in a prison. But this is unacceptable situation when she has been on the detention for such a long time. She's a Nobel Peace laureate. She's a democracy believer. We have a full support and trust in her. And also, she is indispensable patron for reconsidering the dialog in Myanmar.

SWEENEY: And do you have full trust in the ability of the Thai — I beg your pardon — the Myanmar leadership to resolve this?

MOON: That's why I have to discuss with Myanmar leadership when I meet them. I'm going to make it happen as soon as possible.

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