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Estonia Supports Burma’s Faster Democratization

23.10.2013

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When discussing the situation in Burma at the meeting of the foreign ministers of European Union member states, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet supported the need for more active cooperation in order to increase stability and restore democratic order. “Estonia is contributing its support by means of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs,” said Foreign Minister Paet.

The Council meeting was also attended by Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, whose consistent contributions to the fight to restore democracy were very highly valued by the foreign ministers.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet confirmed that the European Union has increased the amount of aid given to Burma and the number of active cooperation projects, thereby recognizing the country’s continuing efforts not only to solve ethnic conflicts but also in the process of democratisation. Since 2011, Burma’s government has implemented important reforms which have resulted in the release of political prisoners, abandonment of censorship in the media, signing of ceasefire agreements, and initiation of dialogue with armed groups from minority ethnicities.

To encourage further reforms, the European Union discontinued most of its sanctions applicable to Burma this past spring and this summer’s Foreign Affairs Council established a framework for providing support for political, social, and economic development in Burma until the 2015 general elections.  
 

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