Visit of Louis Michel to Myanmar: statement by Louis Michel in Dutch at Bangkok airport prior to his departure to Myanmar, on the situation in Myanmar
End production: 14/05/2008 First transmission: 14/05/2008
In view of the massive scale of destruction and need caused by the cyclone Nargis, and the acceptance by the authorities of Myanmar to receive international assistance, Louis Michel, Member of the EC in charge of Development and Humanitarian Aid, travelled to Myanmar. On 14 May 2008, on his way to Myanmar, still in Thailand, Louis Michel spoke about the situation and about the role of the EU providing humanitarian aid. He was about to meet with the authorities of Myanmar to discuss the best way forward to bringing international assistance to the affected population.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Louis Michel, Member of the EC in charge of Development and Humanitarian Aid, (in DUTCH) saying that his mission is only humanitarian, not political; he is there to say to the authorities of Myanmar that the EC wants to help the population and that they have to let their humanitarian staff accede to the people on the ground
||Louis Michel (in DUTCH) saying that the EC has been busy for two years with specific programmes to implement; they have a programme of 8,5 million Euros to help the ethnic minorities in Myanmar and the authorities are happy with the way they are implementing it; they also have a programme of about 11 million Euros to help the refugees who have fled to Thailand; so the authorities of Myanmar know that they can trust the EC, that they can trust the EC's independent approach of humanitarian problems; that will maybe facilitate the access to the ground
||Louis Michel (in DUTCH) on China;
saying that this is also a terrible disaster; the Chinese government has reacted very quickly; they announced that they would welcome international aid and support; the EU is ready on the basis of the usual accountability rules to move in and to deliver; so, the Commission is always ready to help people when there are victims of this kind of catastrophe;
everyone knows that the European Commission is by far the first donor for development and also for urgent aid
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