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EU 24-05-00: Burma / Myanmar : Demo

Burma / Myanmar : Democratic situation
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Press Release:  Brussels (24-05-2000) - Press: 162 - Nr: 8577/00 

Brussels, 24 May 2000
8577/00 (Presse 162)
P 68/00


Subject :

Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union

on Burma/Myanmar 


Ten years after the 1990 legislative elections in Burma/Myanmar, which the
democratic party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), won by such a
convincing margin, the European Union deeply regrets that the Burmese
authorities still fail to respect the clear democratic verdict of the people.

The European Union furthermore expresses its grave concern that the period
leading up to this anniversary has been marked by fresh arrests of NLD

It reiterates its call on the Burmese authorities to respect human rights,
restore democracy and engage in a dialogue with opposition parties and
ethnic minorities that could lead to lasting national reconciliation in a
united and democratic State. 

The EU also recalls its willingness to send a further Troika mission to
Rangoon/Yangon to promote positively and constructively the aims of the
EU's policy towards Burma/Myanmar through the establishment of a meaningful
political dialogue.

The Central and Eastern European countries associated with the European
Union, the associated countries Cyprus, Malta and Turkey, Iceland and
Liechtenstein, countries members of the European Economic Area, align
themselves with this declaration.





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