Statement by John Clancy, spokesperson of Louis Michel, on Louis Michel's visit to Myanmar
End production: 15/05/2008 First transmission: 15/05/2008
Louis Michel, Member of the EC in charge of Development and Humanitarian Aid, went to Myanmar where he met with the Minister of Social Welfare of Myanmar. He described that meeting as a positive first meeting. John Clancy, spokesperson of Louis Michel, explained at a press conference that Louis Michel had asked for concrete measures from the authorities to open up to the humanitarian aid workers and to allow ways to allow both the workers and the aid into the country. He added that this should happen as soon as possible.
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||John Clancy, spokesperson of Louis Michel, Member of the EC in charge of Development and Humanitarian Aid, (in ENGLISH) saying that Louis Michel has just had a meeting with the Minister of Social Welfare who is responsible in Myanmar for the relief effort; Louis Michel described this meeting as a positive first meeting; he asked for concrete actions from the authorities to open up to the humanitarian aid workers and to allow both the workers and the aid into the country; and of course this should happen as soon as possible; he made it quite clear that every hour counts right now and that of course thousands of lives continue to be at stake
||John Clancy (in ENGLISH) saying that Louis Michel requested more visas for humanitarian workers, specifically 30 day visas for Commission humanitarian staff, six months multiple entry visas for ONGs who are working under the EU umbrella, working with EU contracts; he asked for all these international humanitarian relief workers to have the right to circulate around the country where they need to go; he called also for local humanitarian staff, so Myanmar local staff, to also be able to circulate freely
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