A former principal of a military training
school, Aung Kyi worked in the SPDC Immigration Department
as the Deputy Minister. Aung Kyi became the Deputy Minister
for Labor in 2006, when the SPDC was facing pressure from
the International Labor Organization. Aung Kyi is also
a member of the junta’s Committee for Prevention
of Military Recruitment of Under-age Children. Aung Kyi
was promoted to Minister of Labor in October 2007 as well
as Minister of Relations when he became the SPDC representative
designated to hold talks with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
Ranks held and positions
Unknown – Deputy Chief of the Armed
May 2006 - Deputy Minister of Immigration and Population
November 2006 – Deputy Labor Minister
2007 – Minster of Labor, Minster of Relations
RELATION TO THE DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT
On 8 October 2007, Aung Kyi was appointed
Minister for Relations to act as liaison officer in negotiations
with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The appointment of Aung Kyi
is the highest ranking official in 19 years to negotiate
with Daw Suu.
Aung Kyi met with Daw Suu nine times
between October 2007 and January 2010 (25 Oct, 9 Nov,
19 Nov of 2007; 11 Jan, 30 Jan of 2008; 3 Oct, 7 Oct,
9 Dec of 2009; and 15 Jan of 2010).
Aung Kyi helped defuse tensions with
the International Labor Organization over the issue of
forced labor, when the Geneva-based body threatened to
refer the situation to the International Court of Justice.
In March 2007, he brokered a deal with the ILO to establish
a new system of reporting of complaints of forced labor.
In 2006, he told journalists that Burma
“will continue to cooperate with the ILO as long
as its attitudes are not harmful to the interests of the
nation and the people.”
In 2006, as Deputy Ministry of Immigration
and Population he negotiated with the UN High Commissioner
for Refugees (UNHCR) over Rohingya refugee issues and
helped ease border tensions with Thailand by creating
a joint committee to resolve disputes.