반기문 유엔 사무총장은 태풍 피해를 입은 버마를 방문하는 동안 버마 군사 정부의 최고 지도자 탄슈웨 장군을 만날 것이라고 밝혔습니다.

버마를 방문하기 위해 오늘 중간 기착지인 태국 방콕에 도착한 반기문 총장은 자신의 버마 방문은 정치와 상관없이  이재민들의 생명을 구하기 위한 것이라고 강조했습니다. 반기문 총장은 내일 버마에 입국한 뒤 23일 탄 슈웨 장군을 만날 예정입니다.

반기문 총장은 태풍 나르기스의 직격탄을 받은 버마 남부 이라와디 삼각주를 둘러보고, 해외 구호물자와 구호요원들을 더 받아들일 것을 버마 정부에 촉구할 예정입니다.

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he will meet with Burma's most senior leader, General Than Shwe, during his visit to the cyclone-ravaged country in the coming days.

After arriving in Bangkok today (Wednesday) on his way to Burma, Mr. Ban stressed that his visit was about saving lives and not about politics. Mr. Ban will arrive in Burma on Thursday and meet with General Than Shwe on Friday.

During his stay, he will visit devastated areas of the Irrawaddy Delta and try to get Burmese officials to agree to let more relief supplies and foreign aid workers into the country.

The United Nations says up to two and half million people are struggling to survive in Rangoon and the Irrawaddy Delta, and most have yet to get the relief supplies they need.

Officials say Cyclone Nargis has killed 78-thousand people and left another 56-thousand missing.