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Myanmar turns U Thant's residence into museum

English.news.cn   2013-04-08 12:30:17            

YANGON, April 8 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar government has turned former United Nations Secretary-General U Thant's residence in Yangon to a museum in his remembrance, official media reported Monday.

The third UN Secretary-General U Thant's museum, which is due to be formerly opened in late this year after renovation, is to be maintained by a group led by his bereaved daughter Daw Aye Aye Thant.

The museum, which will provide information about education programs being undertaken by U Thant Institute, will display photos and documents of U Thant.

U Thant is viewed as one of the respected leader on international stage who played a leading role in the peace process of both Myanmar and the global countries.

"Human values are the all what U Thant has left for next generations," Minister at the President's Office U Aung Min was quoted as saying.

U Thant was described as the exemplar of human values who had devoted his whole life to peace process and conflict settlement without discrimination against color, race, religion and ideological belief.

Yangon Region Chief Minister U Myint Swe was also quoted as describing U Thant as one of the world's notable figures and a Myanmar patriotic.

Daw Aye Aye Thant stressed that the aim of opening U Thant's museum is to enable youths of the contemporary era to learn what her father had done and hoped in his capacity as the UN secretary- general.

She cited that U Thant succeeded in his work especially in Cuba crisis in which he managed to negotiate for peace within months to prevent the outbreak of Third World War as soon as he took over the post.

"In this regard, I would like U Thant to be reviewed," she said.

She cited U Thant's words about the crucial role of education in improving the morality of an individual which she said is coinciding with the ongoing education reform of the government.

Editor: Lu Hui
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