Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs, made the opening address at a seminar on human rights between Myanmar and the EU yesterday morning at the office of the ministry of foreign affairs.
At the meeting, the State Counsellor said the experiences of both Myanmar and the EU would be valuable in finding a solution to long-existing problems.
“Protecting and upgrading human rights is based on consultation and cooperation. Myanmar believes that it is key to the process of democracy in improving human rights, thus we will discuss ways and means to make effective co-operations in a broad way. Exchange of views on experiences and ways between Myanmar and EU is a collective performance, which will help to solve long-existing problems”, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said.
The seminar was co-chaired by U Kyaw Tin, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and Mr Stavros Lambrinidis, special representative on human rights for the European Union.
Present at the meeting were U Kyaw Moe Tun, director-general of the ministry of foreign affairs, Mr Roland Kobia, ambassador of EU representative, high ranking officials of 11 respective ministries, top level officials of the EU and diplomats from embassies of the EU in Yangon.
In the discussion, rights for workers, land rights, matters on bilateral investment contracts and human rights, rights on refugees and illegal migrants, human-trafficking and related cases, the situation in Rakhine State, the rights of minorities in EU countries, religious intolerance and matters on protection from instigations were exchanged.—Myanmar News Agency