Myanmar turns U Thant’s residence into museum

Yangon, April 8 (IANS) The Myanmar government has turned former UN secretary general U Thant’s residence in Yangon to a museum, official media reported Monday.

The museum, which is due to be formerly opened later this year after renovation, is to be maintained by a group led by U Thant’s daughter Daw Aye Aye Thant, reported Xinhua.

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

U Thant is viewed as one of the most respected leaders on the 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 an example of human values who had devoted his whole life to peace process and conflict settlement without discrimination against colour, 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 patriot.

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.

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