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    Junta chief to meet Thai royalty

    Junta chief to meet Thai royalty
    Mar 15, 2010

    YANGON - MYANMAR'S reclusive junta chief was due to meet a princess from neighbouring Thailand on Monday, on the first visit by a Thai royal to the remote capital of the military-ruled nation, an official said.

    Senior General Than Shwe was set to meet Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in the afternoon after she arrived in the capital Naypyidaw on a special flight from Bangkok, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

    During her three-day goodwill trip, Princess Sirindhorn, who is adored by the Thai public, was also due to visit the southern delta region to see development works in the area worst-hit Cyclone Nargis in May 2008. The cyclone killed up to 138,000 people and devastated infrastructure in the rural river belt.

    The last visit of the princess to Myanmar was in 2003.

    Myanmar's ruling generals moved their entire government from the economic hub Yangon to Naypyidaw in late 2005, after building the new administrative capital in secret over the previous three years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    MYANMAR'S reclusive junta chief was due to meet a princess from neighbouring Thailand on Monday, on the first visit by a Thai royal to the remote capital of the military-ruled nation, an official said.
    hmmmm, interesting.

    Engagement or Isolation, does this count as an official visit then ?

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    Princess Maha Chakri visits the Union of Myanmar
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    15 March 2010

    BANGKOK, 15 March 2010 (NNT) - Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn today begins a three-day visit to the Union of Myanmar at the invitation of the Government of the Union of Myanmar.

    The Bureau of the Royal Household said that during the trip, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will observe the Post Cyclone Nargis Recovery Projects under the patronage and support of Her Royal Highness in the Divisions of Irrawaddy and Yangon since May, B.E. 2551 (2008) such as the Rural Health Centre, the Hospital in Daw Nyein Village, Kadonkani School and Cyclon Shelter as well as the National Blood Centre at Yangon General Hospital.

    Her Royal Highness will also visit places of interest such as Uppatasanti Pagoda, Shwedagon Pagoda and Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda. In addition, Her Royal Highness will meet with His Excellency Senior General Than Shwe, Chairman of the State Peace and Development Concil of the Union of Myanmar. Her Royal Highness will also grant an audience to General Thiha Thura Tin Aung Myint Oo Secretary 1 of the State Peace and Development Concil of the Union of Myanmar, who will host a dinner in honour of Her Royal Highness on the 15th of March, B.E. 2553 (2010).

    Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn departed from the Royal Thai Air Force Headquarters Air Terminal, Don Muang, on Monday, the 15th of March, at 08.30 hours by Bangkok Airways, and will return to Thailand by Bangkok Airways flight number PG 1 , scheduled to arrive at the Royal Thai Air Force Headquarter Air Terminal, Don Muang, on Wednesday, the 17th of March, at 18.50 hours.

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    Thai Princess Visits Naypyidaw
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    Tuesday, March 16, 2010

    Burma's military chief Snr-Gen Than Shwe met with Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, daughter of the Thai king, on Monday in Naypyidaw, the capital of Burma.

    Princess Sirindhorn was on a private goodwill visit. During her three-day visit, she will visit various sites in Irrawaddy Division and Rangoon, which was hit by Cyclone Nargis in May 2008.


    Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand delivers her speech at the opening session of the Sixth International Rice Genetics Symposium at a hotel in Manila last year.
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    The princess paid homage at Upapatasanti Pagoda, which was built by the Burmese regime, visited National Landmarks Garden, observed the construction of the Pyithu Hluttaw [Parliament] Building and the Burma Gems Museum, according to the state-run newspaper.

    This is her fourth visit to Burma, but the first time she visited Naypyidaw, which the ruling generals created as the country's new capital in 2005.

    During her first visit in March 1986, she was a guest of Gen Ne Win, the chairman of the Burma Socialist Programme Party.

    During her second trip in March 1994, she entered Burma by crossing the Thai-Burmese border at Chiang Rai, Thailand, to visit Kengtung in eastern Shan State, about 165 km from the border, to study art and culture.

    During her third visit in March 2003, she visited Bago; Mandalay; Muse, a border town with China; Putao in Kachin State and Mrauk U in Rakhine State.

    Princess Sirindhorn was born on April 2, 1955, and is the third child of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit.

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