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President Barroso on the occasion of Aung San Suu Kyi's delivery of her Nobel Prize lecture

Aung San Suu Kyi © EU

"Today, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will deliver her Nobel Prize lecture in Oslo, 21 years after she was awarded the prize. Her extraordinary achievements over more than two decades will be duly acknowledged in Oslo."

The President continued: "Today, and unthinkable only a few years ago, quite a few of her visions have become reality: a country that is opening up to the world and embarking on a journey towards more democracy and more development. Reforms in Myanmar – courageously led by President U Thein Sein – will need all the support they can get. And we hope that reforms will continue and deepen as the country's challenges in what regards national reconciliation are still important."

"I salute Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on this special day and wish her all the success in the pursuit of her noble goals. I salute the fantastic transition her country has embarked upon. The European Union will continue to support her and will assist her country on the journey to its place in the family of nations," concluded President Barroso.

The European Union is closely following and supporting the positive developments in the country. Apart from suspending sanctions, the new package of €150 million in development assistance for 2012/2013 has been approved. On 28 April 2012, the EU office in Myanmar was opened.

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