Meeting the President of Myanmar, Thein Sein
On-going efforts of Myanmar's government for political, social and economic reforms were the main topics addressed today between the European Commission President Barroso and President Thein Sein of Myanmar.
Addressing the press at the end of meeting, President Barroso noted that the reforms and the transition are not yet completed and that much has to be done in the field of fundamental freedoms, especially minority rights. It is also necessary to address the humanitarian situation in the Kachin and Rakhine States, to end conflicts and consolidate peace and deepen democratic reforms.
President Barroso also listed where the EU is already supporting Myanmar, mentioning: the EU development cooperation, support to the Myanmar Peace Centre, working with the Myanmar electoral commission to be sure that 2015 elections will meet the highest international standards, and additional EU funding to support internally displaced persons in Rakhine State from both communities (Rohingya and Rakhine). He added that "the EU will continue to play a lead role in the international community in this respect."
"The EU and Myanmar are turning a page in their relationship. We want to increase our collaboration with the Government and people of Myanmar: more dialogue, more and better aid, more trade and investment and more people to people contacts, "concluded the President.