Visit of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson and General Secretary of the National League for Democracy of Myanmar/Burma, 1991 Nobel Peace Prize ® laureate, to José Manuel Barroso: extracts from the joint press briefing
Type: Summary of press conference
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 19 October 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson and General Secretary of the National League for Democracy of Myanmar/Burma, 1991 Nobel Peace Prize ® laureate, in Brussels.
They discussed the reform process of the country and the way down to future legislative elections.
This video shows extracts of the press briefing given by José Manuel Barroso and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi following their meeting.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels
||Joint arrival of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson and General Secretary of the National League for Democracy of Burma/Myanmar, 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, at the press briefing (2 shots)
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): Since we last met in November last year, when I visited Myanmar, the historical changes in the country have continued and our relations have expanded significantly – in particular with the lifting of sanctions and the reinstatement of the Generalised scheme of preferences. Myanmar is turning a page in the history of the country and we are turning a page in our bilateral relationship.The European Union is very well aware however that the way to democratisation is still incomplete and that more needs to be done. But the will is there and Myanmar deserves the support of the international community to continue with its political and economic reform process. We will continue to play a lead role in the international community in this respect.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): Furthermore, we want to help you strengthen multi-party democracy. We can offer an European Election Observation Mission – this would be an expression of confidence in the process, but it requires an official invitation by the Burmese authorities. We will work with the Myanmar authorities to ensure that 2015 elections will be credible, transparent and inclusive. I attribute to this the utmost importance because it is only with elections that are considered open, democratic and fair that there is full legitimacy in the process and you can indeed say that .that democratisation is coming to a successful outcome.
||Soundbite by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (in ENGLISH) saying that steps towards amendments to the Constitution must be taken before the end of this year. The legislative committee for the assessment of the Constitution has to submit its report by the end of this year. Saying that their people want the Constitution to be amended, there is an increasing need for this in their country. The great majority or their people are convinced that, without amendments to the Constitution, they can never be a truly democratic society. She would like the world to be aware of this and to support the aspirations of their people and by supporting the need for constitutional change in her country. That is the message that she has brought there.
||Soundbite by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (in ENGLISH) saying that while she thanks the European Union for everything that has been done in the past, she would like to urge them to do everything they can to make the Burmese government and all those who are crucial to the process, including the military of Burma, understand that unless the Constitution is amended Burma cannot be said to be serious about the reform process.
||Departure of the Speakers