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Myanmar seeks Japan’s support with ceasefire


Aung Min (L), Minister of the Office of the President of Myanmar, shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the start of his courtesy call at the latter's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, April 14, 2015. Photo: Kimmimasa Mayama/EPA

Aung Min (L), Minister of the Office of the President of Myanmar, shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the start of his courtesy call at the latter's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, April 14, 2015. Photo: Kimmimasa Mayama/EPA

Myanmar's Minister of the President's Office, U Aung Min, said he made a trip to Japan to convey how a nationwide ceasefire agreement with ethnic rebel groups had been signed in March. He said Myanmar is aiming to take the right path and sought Japan’s further support, reports Channel News Asia on April 16.

Japan is one of Myanmar’s largest donor nations. Even when Myanmar's ally the United States, imposed sanctions, Japan did not.

U Aung Min presented a letter to Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe from his President, promising to achieve peace, democracy and a free and fair democratization of the upcoming elections.

He explained the ceasefire process was helped by four years of negotiation he held face-to-face with Japan’s special envoy, Mr Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

U Aung Min was accompanied by Myanmar's Minister of Rail and Transportation and Minister of Immigration and Population during his trip.