Statement by the Council and the EC on the situation in Myanmar, plenary session of the EP
End production: 26/09/2007 First transmission: 26/09/2007
Following the events that happened in Rangoon on 26 September 2007, the Council and Commission addressed the European Parliament on the issue.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the European Parliament in Strasbourg
||Manuel Lobo Antunes, Portuguese Secretary of State for European Affairs and President in office of the Council, (in PORTUGUESE) saying that the day's events show that unfortunately the military junta in Rangoon has remained deaf to the calls of the international community;
the Council hopes that the situation is not going to get worse; they should be prepared for any development; they are also ready to act through the diplomatic way and will keep in contact with the United Nations
||Louis Michel, Member of the EC in charge of Development and Humanitarian Aid, (in FRENCH) saying that the events in Myanmar seem to take an unpredictable turn; the fact that the present demonstrations in Rangoon with over 100,000 demonstrators don't express any particular agenda makes the situation even more instable and precarious;
China can play an important role in the present situation; the EU must convince India, Japan and Korea, who contribute to Burma's economy, to play an important role; the EC welcomes the involvement of the United Nations