Visit of Catherine Ashton to Burma/Myanmar: 28/04/2012
End production: 28/04/2012 First transmission: 28/04/2012
On 28 April 2012, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, paid a visit to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary of the National League for Democracy of Burma/Myanmar, in Yangon. On this occasion, she participated in the opening ceremony of a diplomatic office and met with Andreas List, Head of the European Office in Myanmar. The office's role will mostly be to oversee the management of aid programs.
During her visit, Catherine Ashton also had the opportunity to meet with Myint Swe, Chief Minister of the Naypyidaw Region, and Ko Ko Gyi, Leader of the '88 generation, who was released on January 2012.
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||Arrival of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, at National Ligue for Democracy (NLD) headquarter, in Yangon and handshake with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary of the National League for Democracy of Burma/Myanmar
||Round table with Catherine Ashton, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the main leaders of NLD (5 shots)
||Arrival of Catherine Asthon and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to the press conference at the NLD headquarter.
||Soundbite by Catherine Asthon (in ENGLISH): The European Union, the 27 countries that I represent, wanted me to be here to send two or three key messages. First of all, a message of support for the changes that have taken place and the recognition of the prominent role that Aung San Suu Kyi had played in getting us to this point. Secondly, to make sure that it is understood; we will continue to support the change that are taking place and the people of this country through a development work, through what we can offer, in support. And then thirdly to, as I will do today, to open an office, and to, of course, bring the message, that we have suspended the sanctions apart from the arms embargo to this country, as a recognition of the progress that has been made.
||Cutaway of press
||Soundbite by Catherine Asthon (in ENGLISH): It will be important to make sure, that there is the administration if you like, that the capacity existing will be able to deal with the resources. That is partly why we opening an office here because, then, we can channel our support through our teams to, particularly, the rural communities and make sure that the money reaches the people and also to help build the capacity so that it could be done by people here.
||Soundbite by Catherine Ashton (in ENGLISH): We welcome the way he is moving forward, the way which he has being a strong advocate of the changes that are taking place and to urge him to do more and to continue.
||Catherine Asthon and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi going out from the NLD headquarter
||Exterior view of the new EU office in Yangon (3 shots)
||Arrival of Catherine Asthon at the EU office and handshake with Andreas List, Head of the European Office in Myanmar
||Catherine Ashton and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi arriving at the office opening ceremony (3 shots)
||Soundbite by Catherine Asthon (in ENGLISH): I hope that you will see the EU building as a symbol that the European Union - its 27 Members states, its institutions - whishes to demonstrate the commitment it has to this country and to the political process it is now on the way. I have already said once today that I believe this country is on a journey, it is a journey that will take time, but it is a journey that the European Union whishes to support to people of this country. I say progress down the road to other changes that, I believe, could make this country a symbol not just in the region, but in the world.
||Cutaway of the EU Office opening banner
||Soundbite by Catherine Asthon (in ENGLISH): We want to offer supports in as many different ways as we can. The European Union will be a friend, and a supporter for the whole of the journey at this process, engaging, supporting the programs that will help people in the towns and cities but perhaps especially in the rural communities and supporting the political process as it goes forward.
||Catherine Asthon, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Myint Swe, Chief Minister of the Naypyidaw Region, cutting the ribbon of the office opening ceremony
||Round table with Catherine Asthon, Andreas List and Ko Ko Gyi, Leader of the '88 generation, at the Chatrium Hotel (3 shots)