Visit of U Thein Sein, President of Burma/Myanmar, to José Manuel Barroso: extracts from the joint press briefing
Type: Complete press conference
End production: 05/03/2013 First transmission: 05/03/2013
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received U Thein Sein, President of Burma/Myanmar, on 5 March 2013 in Brussels. They held a joint press briefing after their meeting.
On-going efforts of Burma/Myanmar's Government for political, social and economic reforms were the main topics addressed.
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 Commission Berlaymont building
||General view of the joint press briefing
||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (in ENGLISH) saying that Thein Sein, President of Burma/Myanmar, has presented his vision and his current priorities, including how to promote peace, democracy and address poverty and he really want to thank him for the very open way in which he presented the situation in his country and how he sees the most important challenges ahead; despite the impressive change that is underway, the reforms and the transition are not completed; significant challenges lie in the way, such as the general improvement of fundamental freedoms, especially minority rights, addressing the humanitarian situation in the Kachin and Rakhine States, ending conflicts and consolidating peace and deepening the democratic reforms with a view to the 2015 elections; these are challenging tasks that need to be completed; but the authorities have shown they have the courage to face them and after the talks he just had with President Thein Sein he is really convinced of their determination in that direction; the European Union is very well aware that Burma/Myanmar will need support from the international community in facing these challenges; the EU will continue to play a lead role in the international community in this respect.
||Cutaway of U Thein Sein, President of Burma/Myanmar
||Cutaway of press
||SOUNDBITE by U Thein Sein (in BURMESE) saying that Burma/Myanmar is currently one of the poorest countries in the world; many countries have imposed economic sanctions against Burma/Myanmar, which is facing challenges; assuring that his government will do whatever is necessary to ensure that Burma/Myanmar becomes a democratic, prosperous and a peaceful nation.
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