Mr. Larsen’s visit kicked off in Kyauk Kyi, Bago division, where the Initiative’s first pilot project is being implemented. The region is currently recovering from over 60 years of civil war. The State Secretary met with local villagers, representatives for internally displaced persons and armed political groups, as well as representatives from both local and central government.
In Yangon, Mr. Larsen met with the Peace Donor Support Group (PDSG) to discuss challenges ahead. He also had the opportunity to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi at her home in Yangon. They agreed on the significance of accommodating concerns from ethnic groups throughout the peace process.
Separate meetings were held in Yangon and Chiang Mai to inform representatives of NGOs and potential implementing partners of the Initiative, and to provide a platform to discuss concerns and clarify the process ahead.
The visit confirmed support from all stakeholders for the Norwegian led international Initiative.