Ohn Gyaw

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Ohn Gyaw
16th Minister for Foreign Affairs of Myanmar
In office
Preceded by Saw Maung
Succeeded by Win Aung
Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Myanmar
In office
Personal details
Born 1932 (1932) (age 85)

Ohn Gyaw (Burmese: အုန်းကျော်, pronounced: [ʔóʊɴ dʑɔ̀]; born 3 March 1932) is a Burmese politician who served as 16th Minister of Foreign Affairs. Gyaw joined the diplomatic service in 1951, serving in Yugoslavia, Australia, and the USSR until 1985, when he was appointed Director of the South and Southeast Asian Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1988 he became Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and in 1991 was promoted to Minister of Foreign Affairs.[1] In 1998 he was replaced; despite a thawing of relationships between Burma and the outside world during his tenure as Foreign Minister, Gyaw was seen as a "rigid and, at times, disingenuous champion of the regime" who "lacked innovation". He was replaced by Win Aung.[2] He was in office when Burma won the observer position of ASEAN in July 1996 and full membership in July 1997.[3] He played a key role in Burma becoming a member country and taking the chairmanship of it in 2014.[4]


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  2. ^ Faulder, Dominic (December 4, 1998). "THE NATIONS- MYANMAR- The Junta Purges Its Own- But the top generals' politics are still the same". ASIAWEEK. 
  3. ^ "Burmese Win Observer Status in Southeast Asian Group". www.nytimes.com. Seth Mydans. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been signed". www.hss.de/. Hanns Seidel Foundation. Retrieved 4 July 2014.