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The not so secret world of diplomacy

Martin Uden, the UK’s Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (South Korea to most of us), is a prolific FCO blogger.  Today he wrote about a meeting he had this morning.

I normally don’t say much about the many private meetings that I hold in Seoul, but this morning I called on Kim Dae-jung, former President of Korea and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.  I went to see him to thank him for his continued attention to the imprisonment of his fellow Peace Prize recipient, Aung San Suu Kyi, and specifically for his contribution to the website set up for ASSK’s 64th birthday.

We discussed Secretary-General Ban’s visit to Burma tomorrow and the sad fact the ASSK’s trial is to resume the same day.  It was encouraging to see the very clear focus that President Kim has on the plight of ASSK and his strong support for pro-democracy elements there.  Coming from a man who did so much to bring democracy to Korea, I found it truly heartening.
President Kim kindly agreed that I could mention our conversation and his staunch support for the people of Burma.

Martin has crammed an enormous amount of into two short paragraphs that probably took ten minutes or less to write.

  • He mets Heads of State as part of his job
  • The former President supports the plight of fellow Peace Prize Recipient, Aung San Suu Kyi
  • ASSK is 64
  • There is a website supporting her
  • Her trial is to resume tomorrow
  • It is all about promoting democracy

It’s well worth following the FCO blogs.  A little rough around some edges and not every post is of interest, but there are some gems.