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Estonia Supports Burma’s Democratisation

13.12.2013

Today in Brussels, the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton gave the European Union development cooperation ministers an overview of the first meeting of the European Union-Burma task force, which took place in November and where possibilities for closer cooperation, especially regarding Burma’s economic and political modernisation, were discussed.

“The work of the task force should make cooperation more effective between the European Union and Burma in order to restore democratic order and ensure stability,” noted Foreign Minister Urmas Paet. “It is important to support the reform process in every way so that free and fair elections can take place in Burma in 2015,” he added.

According to Paet, Estonia is ready to share its experiences with building a democratic state with rule of law. For example, concrete projects have already been agreed to in the area of information society development.

In the assessment of the European Union development ministers, Burma will be one of the main receivers of European Union development aid in Asia in the years 2014-2020, where the development priorities will be healthcare, rural development, food safety, trade and private sector development, good governance, and peace processes. This July’s Foreign Affairs Council drew up a framework policy for supporting Burma’s social and economic development.

 

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Marika Post
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