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27th SEA Games 2013 PDF Print E-mail
With the support of the ASEAN member nations, Myanmar has the opportunity to host the 27th SEA Games again after 44 years. Myanmar was the host for 1961, 2nd SEAP Game and 1969, 5th SEAP Game.

All athletes from 11 countries (Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Cambodia, Singapore, Laos, Brunei and Timor-Leste) will compete in 34 sports events namely:- Aquatic , Archery , Athletics , Badminton , Basketball , Billiard Bodybuilding , Boxing , Canoeing , Chess , Chinlone , Cycling Equestrian , Football , Futsal , Golf , Hockey , Judo , Karatedo , Kempo Muay , Pencak Silat , Petanque , Rowing , Sailing , Sepak Takraw , Shooting , ,Table Tennis , Taekwondo , Traditional Boat , Volleyball, Vovinam , Weightlifting , Wrestling ,Wushu.


The theme of the 27th SEA Games 2013 is “Green, Clean and Friendship”, which clearly reflects the objectives of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar as follows:-


Green For Freshness, Authenticity

Clean For Transparency, Better Understanding and Fair Play

Friendship For Warmness, Closer Friendship


27 th SEA Games' Mascots and meaning

The Owl is globally taken as the wisest, calmest and balanced animal. But, in Myanmar it is also taken to be auspicious and believed to bring forth luck and prosperity to the family, for which the owl dolls are kept at their homes as lucky charms.


The owl as official mascot of Myanmar SEA Games 2013 has a personality of being wise, calm, lucky, loyal, and friendly. By choosing it as the official mascot, it is expected to bring forth cooperation, friendship, and better understanding among the participating countries.





Myanmar presented a spectacular opening ceremony to the 27th SEA Games on 11th December 2013 at the Wunna Theikdi Sports Stadium, Nay Pyi Taw. It was graced by President U Thein Seain and wife Daw Khin Khin Win, together with high-ranking officials from participating countries and South East Asia citizens.


A performance by the Myanmar Royal Auspicious Orchestra, with 46 traditional harps and seven traditional xylophones was introduced to the audience. The traditional harp is said to have been introduced in 11th century Bagan while the xylophone dates back to the Inwa period in the 15th century.


It was then time for the much-awaited part of the evening    – the athletes’ parade. Accompanied by schoolgirl marching bands and pom-pom girls, each nation marched forward to deafening cheers. Aside from the host who were the last to march past according to tradition, it was the Philippines that caught everyone’s attention as flag bearer Jason Balabal, gold medal-winning wrestler, walked in wearing a traditional costume.


After a speech by U Tint San, chairman of the 27th SEA Games Organizing Committee, Vice President U Nyan Tun’s declaration of the Games open brought on another explosion of colorful fireworks that lit up the night. Then the host nation’s representatives stepped forth for the oath taking with Ma Sandi Oo of wushu representing the athletes and U Pyi Soe Moe the referees and judges.


The highlight of the evening, the torch relay, did not disappoint as the torch passed through the hands of six former Myanmar athletes before U Aye Myint Kyu, the Union Minister for Culture, handed it to Myanmar archer Maung Wai Lin Tun.


The archer Wai Lin Tun arrived in a chariot that “flew” through the air with the aid of pyrotechnics as took aim and hit his target, lighting up the 27th SEA Games torch in a flower-shaped cauldron set high in the Wunna Theikdi Sports Stadium. The torch, said to symbolize unity and everlasting friendship of Southeast Asian Nations, will continue burning until the close of the Games.


The opening session of the SEA Games was also attended by Laotian President Mr Choummaly Sayasone and wife, Chinese Vice Premier, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, HRH Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah, President of Brunei Olympic Committee, Philippine Olympic Committee First Vice President, ministers of ASEAN countries and the Chairman of Olympic Council of Asia, together with more than 6,000 athletes, representing 11 participating nations from South East Asia.





The State Visit of President U Thein Sein to the Philippines PDF Print E-mail
At the invitation of President of the Philippines Mr. Benigno Aquino III, U Thein Sein, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar paid a State Visit to the Philippines from 4 to 5 December 2013 . The delegation also included Union Ministers U Wunna Maung Lwin, U Soe Maung, U Myint Hlaing, U Zeyar Aung and Dr. Daw Myat Myat Ohn Khin, Chief of the General Staff ( Army, Navy and Air) General Hla Htay Win, Deputy Ministers U Ye Htut, Dr. Win Myint and Dr. Than Aung.


At the welcoming ceremony, the President was accorded a warm welcome by the President of the Philippines, and the two Presidents took the salute of and inspected the Guard of Honour. The two Presidents exchanged warm greetings at the Music Hall of the Palace.


The bilateral talks between the two leaders mainly focused on a broad range of issues on ASEAN and regional cooperation including trade and investment, education, human rights, agriculture and forestry, hotels and tourism, bilateral air services, banking, rural development and poverty reduction, security and peace-making experiences.


A signing ceremony of bilateral agreements and memoranda of understandings took place in the presence of the two Presidents on 5th December 2013.


They were as follows:


  1. An agreement on visa exemption for ordinary passport holders was signed by U Wunna Maung Lwin, Union Minister for Foreign Affairs and Secretary Albert F.Del Rosario of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines;
  2. An MoU on cooperation in food security and agriculture sector was signed by U Myint Hlaing, Union Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation and Secretary Proceso Alcala of the Department of Agriculture;
  3. A bilateral agreement on boosting cooperation in renewable energy sector was inked by     U Zayar Aung, Union Minister for Energy and Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla of the Department of Energy;
  4. An MoU on cooperation in information sector was signed by U Ye Htut, Deputy Minister for Information and Secretary Herminio B.Coloma of the Presidential Communication Operations Office;
  5. An MoU of cooperation in trade and investment was signed by U Ye Myint Aung , Myanmar Ambassador to the Philippines and Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo of the Department of Trade and Industry;
  6. An agreement for cooperation between the two Federations as signed by   U Win Aung , President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Mr. Miguel B. Varela , President of Philippine Chambers of Commerce and Industry.


Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Dr. Daw Myat Myat Ohn Khin presented relief supplies for storm-stricken regions to the authorities concerned.


The Philippines President reaffirmed support for Myanmar’s reform process at the joint press conference and promised to cooperate in a wide range of sectors including education, health, human resources development, economic and agriculture. President Aquino expressed thanks for Myanmar’s aid assistance to storm and earthquake victims of the Philippines. President U Thein Sein in turn, expressed his appreciation to the government and the people of the Philippines for their support for Myanmar’s democracy reform process and sent deepest sympathy of Myanmar government and its people to the typhoon victims of the Philippines. President Aquino thanked Myanmar’s support for the peaceful settlement of disputes between concerned ASEAN members and the People’s Republic of China in a series of negotiations, making a pledge to actively participate in the works for full implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea during Myanmar’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2014.


President U Thein Sein and his delegation attended a luncheon hosted by President Aquino at Aguinaldo Hall of the Philippines. Afterwards, President U Thein Sein and party laid wreaths at Dr. Jose Rizal Monument in the Rizal Park.


Myanmar and the Philippines started the establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties since 1956 and the Philippines was ranked fifteen on the list of 32 countries making investments in 12 economic sectors in Myanmar last year.
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  1. I. Joint Communiqué between the Central Committee for Implementation of Stability and Development in Rakhine State of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Delegation of the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

The following is the Joint Communiqué between the Central Committee for the Implementation of Stability and Development in the Rakhine State of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Delegation of the Organisation of Islamic Organization (OIC) issued on 17 November 2013 in Yangon:


(1).    At the invitation of the Government of Myanmar a delegation consisting of the OIC Secretary General, Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Djibouti and Turkey, and high level representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia paid a visit to Myanmar from 14-16 November 2013.


(2).   The visit provided a unique opportunity to the OIC delegation to be appraised of and observe first-hand the political, economic and administrative changes that Myanmar is going through under the leadership of President U Thein Sein towards ensuring peace, stability, rule of law and socio-economic progress, consistent with the aspirations of the people of Myanmar.


(3).   The delegation expressed support to the Government’s efforts to further promote inter-communal reconciliation, tolerance and peaceful-co-existence in all sectors of society by, inter alia, encouraging interfaith and inter-communal dialogue and understanding and by supporting community leaders in this direction.


(4).   The delegation welcomed various statements and assurances of the Government of Myanmar to put an end to all acts of violence and protect the civilian population from violence and to ensure full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, including in Rakhine State.


(5).    The delegation particularly took note of and found exceptionally important the statements of President U Thein Sein, including his statement of 28 March, 2013, in which he guaranteed all perpetrators of violence would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and noted the establishment of the Central Committee for Implementation of Stability and Development in Rakhine State, as well as his message of 1 October, 2013 to the Conference of the Leaders of Five Faith.


(6).The delegation underlined its appreciation for the invitation extended by the Government of Myanmar to the Delegation and the Government’s readiness to engage with the OIC and its member states in line with its cooperation with the international community. The Delegation appreciated the facilitation during the visit, of the engagement with the Central Committee, headed by Vice-President Dr Sai Mauk Kham and overseeing the Working Committees tasked to promote integrated social and economic development.


(7). The delegation appreciated the ongoing efforts of the Government aimed at reviewing legislation, including the Constitution, in a compatible manner with the international standards and democratic principles. The Delegation called upon the Government to continue legal reforms, including repealing laws restricting fundamental freedoms.


(8). The delegation took note of the explanations of the Myanmar authorities about their determination and efforts to address the challenges relating to human rights, citizenship, economic opportunities and development affecting ethnic and religious minorities, including the situation in the Rakhine State.


(9).   The delegation expressed the readiness of the OIC member states to be able to further contribute to the ongoing humanitarian and rehabilitation assistance provision from the OIC member states and institutions, including from the civil society organizations in full coordination with the Government, and to support the Government’s efforts to address the humanitarian, rehabilitation and development needs of the communities in the country including in Rakhine State. The OIC delegation assured the Government of the principled position of the OIC, OIC institutions and its member states not to discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity and religion in the provision of humanitarian assistance. Based on this principled position, both parties agreed to ensure that humanitarian assistance will be provided on a non-discriminatory basis through the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.


(10). The delegation expressed satisfaction by the confirmation of the Permanent Representative of Myanmar in his address to the UNGA stating that “The Government stands ready to provide access and facilitate humanitarian and other assistance from any sources, including the Member States of the Organization of

Islamic Cooperation (OIC) if the assistance is non-discriminatory and meant for both affected communities.” The Government and the delegation expressed their common desire to continue the Government’s engagement with the OIC in all aspects and exchanged of information to enable the OIC to provide all sorts of support to the Government in tackling all challenges, where its support would be relevant and needed, in the spirit of common humanity and in full respect for the principle of avoidance of interference in the internal affairs of the country, and of the national unity and sovereignty of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.


(11)  The Government of Myanmar acknowledged the delegation and OIC member states for their interest to help Myanmar promote national reconciliation and continue its progress towards full democracy and welfare in peace and stability.


II.      OIC Secretary-General and party conclude visit to Myanmar.


The delegation comprising Secretary-General of Organization of Islamic Cooperation Mr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and members foreign affairs ministers and high level representatives this morning met with media persons at Yangon International Airport before departing from Yangon by air.


In his press briefing, the OIC secretary-general said the OIC delegation held constructive talks with officials during the three-day trip. The delegation welcomed the government’s statements and assurances to put an end to all acts of violence and protect the civilian population from violence and to ensure full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms across the country including Rakhine State.


During the field trip in Rakhine State, the delegation observed the government’s efforts for ensuring inter-communal reconciliation and listened to the voices of victims and exchanged information with local people. He vowed that provision of aid will continue to be able to relieve their sufferings.


He stressed the need to bring the perpetrators to justice as the violence is due to an ordinary criminal case, not religious beliefs. He also added that the main problem is the use of violence and that mutual mistrust can lead to violence. To correct the misperception of many Myanmar nationals, he stressed that the OIC is an international intergovernmental organization, not a religious association.


The onus is on all to strive to contain the racial conflicts not to spread from one region to another. The delegation assured not to discriminate on basis of race, ethnicity and religion in provision of aid. Humanitarian assistance will be presented through the government. He expressed the OIC’s desire to encourage mutual trust and understanding for ensuring peaceful co-existence. He also acknowledged the government’s reform process.


Next, the OIC Secretary-General answered the queries raised by media persons that the delegation sought ways and means during its fact-finding trip and provision of humanitarian assistance will be made; and that opening of liaison office in Myanmar remains questionable and they have to wait until the people understand them. Then, they were seen off at the airport by officials.




The Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Bandar Seri Begawan 

Dated 18 November 2013.


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  1. 1. The Peace Talk between the Union Peace – making Work Committee and Ethnic Armed Organizations for Nation-wide Ceasefire.


The Press Release Team of the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar issued a Press Release dated 5 November 2013 on the Peace Talk which is as follows:-



1. The peace talks for signing the nationwide ceasefire deal between Union Peace-making Work Committee and ethnic armed organizations were held in Ma-jwel Hall in Myitkyina in Kachin State on November 4-5, 2013. It was attended by Vice-Chairman of Union Peace-making Work Committee Union Minister U Aung Min and party and leaders and representatives of ethnic armed organizations. United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative to Myanmar Mr Vijay Nambiar and Asian Special Representative of the People’s Republic of China Wang Ying Fan also attended the meeting as observers.


2. The nationwide ceasefire common principles of ethnic armed groups (Laiza Agreement) drafted by Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) formed with leaders of ethnic armed organizations were discussed and transferred to the Union Peace-making Work Committee.


3. Similarly, the nationwide ceasefire accord between the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and ethnic armed groups drafted by the Union Peace-making Work Committee was transferred to the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team.


4. The meeting agreed on the following facts so as to reach the political agreement:-

(a)        Reaching nationwide ceasefire deal

(b)        Designing policy framework for political dialogue

(c)        Holding political dialogues


5. The NCCT will coordinate with ethnic armed groups for  nationwide ceasefire deal and agreed to hold discussions with Union Peace-making Work Committee in Hpa-an in Kayin State in December, 2013.


6. The press release is aimed at informing the public that the delegates from both sides were encouraged by the fruitful cooperation in the meeting that could bring an end to the more-than-60-years-long armed conflicts and that they agreed to hold political dialogue as soon as possible.




  1. 2. The State Visit of the Honourable Quentin Bryce, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia to Myanmar.


The Honourable Quentin Bryce, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia paid a State visit to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar from 4 November to 8 November 2013 at the invitation of the U Thein Sein, President of Myanmar. The Governor-General was accompanied by Spouse Mr. Michael Bryce.


The Australian Delegation was greeted by U Wunna Maung Lwin, Union Minister for Foreign Affairs and wife upon arrival at Nay Pyi Taw International Airport.


The Governor-General and Mr. Michael Bryce attended the official welcoming ceremony by President U Thein Sein and wife Daw Khin Khin Win on 5 November at the President’s Office. After attending the bilateral talks, the visiting Delegation attended a State Luncheon hosted in their honour. Then, at the Rule of Law Committee Building, the Governor-General and Mr. Bryce met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Member of Parliament, Chairperson of Committee for the Rule of Law, Peace and Tranquility and Chairperson of the National League for Democracy.


Afterwards, the Australian Delegation proceeded to Yangon where they were welcomed by U Myint Swe, Chief Minister of Yangon Region. Later, the Governor-General laid a wreath at Taukkyan Commonwealth War Cemetery.


On November 6, the Governor-General visited the Yangon Children’s Hospital and called on U Myint Swe, Chief Minister of Yangon Region. The Governor-General then hosted a Roundtable Discussion for Women Community Leaders at the Residence of Australian Ambassador.


In the evening, the Governor-General and delegation attended a reception at the Residence of Australian Ambassador where she met representatives of Australian and international business as well as non-profit sector.


The Governor-General and party paid a visit to the Golden Shwe Dagon Pagoda in the late evening.


On November 7, the Governor-General and spouse went to Mandalay and were welcomed by U Ye Myint, Chief Minister of Mandalay Region at the Mandalay International Airport. Then. they visited the places of Myanmar cultural heritage in Mandalay.


The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia Mrs. Quentin Bryce and party left Yangon by air in the morning of November 8.



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Bandar Seri Begawan


Signing of the Additional Protocol to the Safeguards Agreement by Myanmar at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna PDF Print E-mail







His Excellency U Wunna Maung Lwin, Union Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and Mr. Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency of the United Nations signed an Additional Protocol to the Safeguards Agreement (Protocol additional to the Agreement between The Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the International Atomic Energy Agency for the application of Safeguards) in connection with the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons on 17 September 2013 at IAEA Headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

By being a State Party to the Additional Protocol, Myanmar recognizes its responsibility to provide the IAEA with wider access to information of its peaceful use of nuclear energy, increased physical access by IAEA inspectors, and improved administrative arrangements.

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Union Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin returns from Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers' Meeting held in Beijing PDF Print E-mail

Union Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin arrived back on 3 September 2013 after attending the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers' meeting, held in Beijing, China on 29 August 2013.

The Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers' meeting was held in celebration of the 10th anniversary of ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership. It was co-chaired by Dr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thialand and Mr. Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of China. During the meeting, the Foreign Ministers of ASEAN and China discussed issues relating to strengthening of cooperation between ASEAN and China.

Press Release on the Visit of Vijay Nambair PDF Print E-mail

Visit of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Myanmar Mr. Vijay Nambiar, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Myanmar visited the country from 25 August to 2 September.  During his visit, he met with national leaders including Vice President Sai Mauk Kham, Speaker of the Union Parliament Thura U Shwe Mann and Opposition Leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. He also met with various other government officials at the national, state and regional levels as well as with leaders of ethnic groups, religious leaders, civil society and the diplomatic corps.

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The Myanmar Delegation led by Union Minister for Defence Lt. General Wai Lwin attended the 6th ASEAN Defence Ministers’Meeting Retreat (6th ADMM Retreat) and 2nd ASEAN Defence Ministers’Meeting-Plus (2nd ADMM-Plus) which were held at Empire Hotel and Country Club from 27 August 2013 to 29 August 2013 in Bandar Seri Begawan.

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