Exchange of views with U WUNNA MAUNG LWIN, Union Minister for Foreign Affairs of Burma/Myanmar: - extracts from the debate on the ongoing reforms and the challenges ahead in Myanmar

Type: News   Reference: 91681   Duration: 00:03:22  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 05/03/2013   First transmission: 05/03/2013
The Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Union of Myanmar, the country in Southeast Asia formerly known as Burma; Mr. U Wunna Maung Lwin, assisted today to the EP to debate about the ongoing reforms and the challenges ahead on the country. The Foreign Affairs Committee jointly with the Committee of Development discussed with U Wunna Maung Lwin about the progress enhanced by the Union of Myanmar. Even if under the presidency of the actual government, the country has seen a series of political reforms, such us some deregulation of the censored media or the releasing of many political prisoners; this government was called, on September 2012, to stop the continuing ethnic violence suffered by the Muslim Rohingya minority in the west of the country. This country is also suspected for using some forms of slavery or forced labour on his workers.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior view of the EP, Brussels 00:00:05
00:00:10 Arrival of U THEIN SEIN, President of Burma/Myanmar and U WUNNA MAUNG LWIN, Union Minister for Foreign Affairs of Burma/Myanmar: handshake, General views of the meeting room (3 shots) 00:00:16
00:00:26 SOUNDBITE (Burmese) U THEIN SEIN, President of Burma/Myanmar: "To move from cease fire, to last and peace we must establish an inclusive framework for political dialog, involving the all relevant state holders, individuals". 00:00:24
00:00:50 SOUNDBITE (English) (English) U WUNNA MAUNG LWIN, Union Minister for Foreign Affairs of Burma/Myanmar: Now the situation is stable, and the government has begun to address for the long term solution on the problem. We are committed to build an environment in wish both Rakhine and Padaung communities in Bengali can all stand peacefully. The situation that has happened in Rakhine State was in communal violence. There was neither religion or ethnic conflict. There has never been racial or religious discrimination in Myanmar. it was the result of long term mistrusted between the two communities, it can not be solved over night. 00:00:40
00:01:30 SOUNDBITE (English) Barbara LOCHBIHLER (Green, DE) Chair , Human Rights Committee "There are still a number of human rights violations. We are bigger in lasting progress, has to be made. the president pointed out that you have established a good relation with international labour organisation, i think we have drafted this plain to eradicate all forms of forced labour, by 2015, but it need good plan for implementation because there are still cases of forced labour". 00:00:30
00:02:00 SOUNDBITE (English) Ana GOMES (S&D, PT) "I came for a country who also did a transition from dictatorship in to democracy, and I know this has not bee done over night. But it requires some basic thinks really to change". 00:00:15
00:02:15 SOUNDBITE (English) Ana GOMES (S&D, PT) "I was shocked to see that not only the Parliament is very far away from the people, even by its location, but actually that the members of the Parliament, including the opposition members who were there they do not have any scrutiny powers. They can not even ask questions. !!! I've talked to many of them, from the government, and from the opposition. So there is something here where I believe that Myanmar could really interact with countries in the neighbourhood who have done those transitions very successfully". 00:00:38
00:02:53 SOUNDBITE (French) Nicole KIIL-NIELSEN "I will like to raise one issue that concerns civil society , civil society has now grown on importance. What rights do you provide for them? " 00:00:13
00:03:06 Cutaways (4 shots) 00:00:16
00:03:22 END 00:00:00
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