Speculation over former UK PM’s ‘advisory role’ in Myanmar

09 March 2015
Speculation over former UK PM’s ‘advisory role’ in Myanmar
Questions have been raised about the visits of the former UK prime minister to Myanmar. Mr Tony Blair (R), former Prime Minister of United Kingdom, shows a thumb up as he walks out of the 22nd World Economic Forum in Nay Pyi Taw  2013. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Twitter and Facebook generated some buzz during the last few days over speculation regarding former UK PM Tony Blair’s recent appearance in Nay Pyi Taw, according to the London-based Spectator magazine on March 6.
Journalist Andrew RC Marshall’s tweet about Mr Blair dining in the Myanmar capital has raised questionmarks. “At a posh restaurant in Naypyitaw. At the next table sits Tony Blair - in Burma for ‘private meetings,’ says one of his dinner companions,” Mr Marshall tweeted.
While the mystery remains about exactly what the former Labour leader is up to, Mr Mark Farmaner, director of Burma Campaign UK, expects that it involves public relations for Myanmar President U Thein Sein.
Mr Farmaner claims he had written to Blair’s office 20 times in a bid to discover what type of advice he is offering to President U Thein Sein. 
“We assume that as Blair refuses to disclose what he is doing, it involves advising Thein Sein on public relations with the international community,” Mr Farmaner said.
Mr Blair is reported to have visited Myanmar on several occasions.