September 25, 2016

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EU opts not to table Myanmar rights motion to UN

THE European Union praised Myanmar’s progress from the release of political prisoners to the efforts of the government to address the challenges of Rakhine State and to holding the inclusive Union Peace Conference on Friday. The EU said that it would not table a human rights resolution on Myanmar at the United Nations for the first time in 25 years.
Addressing the Partnership Group on Myanmar at the United Nations General Assembly, EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said that the government has taken bold measures to improve human rights and re-invigorate the peace process.
She also praised Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s progress from political prisoner to State Counsellor, saying that the transformation was a “powerful testimony to the incredible change Myanmar is going through.”
In recognition of Myanmar’s progress, Mogherini said “Twenty five years is the measure of the incredible distance Myanmar has walked, the measure of how much your country has changed.”
Regarding the Rakhine State issue, she said “We (the European Union) understand the complexity of the situation in Rakhine State, where the European Union is  present as a leading donor
and investor. I know that you are working hard to find a sustainable solution for both communities.”
Regarding the situation in Rakhine State, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said in her first address to the UN General Assembly that the Myanmar government is committed to a sustainable solution that will lead to peace, stability and development for all communities within the country.
“ Our government is taking a holistic approach that makes development central to both short  and long term programmes aimed at promoting understanding and trust.” said the State Counsellor.


Aye Min Soe


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