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PROVISIONAL VERSION of European Uni
- Subject: PROVISIONAL VERSION of European Uni
- From: bcn@xxxxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 01 Jul 1997 12:18:00
Subject: PROVISIONAL VERSION of European Union statement about Myanmar's membership of ASEAN (26 -06-1997).
PROVISIONAL VERSION of European Union statement about Myanmar's membership
of ASEAN (26 -06-1997). We searched for this statement since it was
mentioned in the Singapore Business Times Newslink of 28-06-1997.
BURMA/ MYANMAR - CONCLUSIONS
The Council discussed the implications for the EU of the accession in
particular of Burma/Myanmar to ASEAN.
The Council underlined that the deteriorating human rights situation in
Burma/Myanmar is a matter of serious concern to the EU. On several occasions
the EU has reiterated its concern at developments in Burma/Myanmar. Most
recently, on 30 May, the EU issued a declaration on the anniversary of the
1990 elections in which the SLORC-regime is urged to release the people
detained on that occasion and to engage in a serious dialogue with the
pro-democracy groups. Furthermore, the Council called on the SLORC to accept
a visit to Burma/Myanmar by the UN special rapporteur at an early date.
The Council stressed the importance they attach to the strengthening and
deepening of EU-ASEAN relations in accordance with the conclusions of the
EU-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Singapore in February 1997.
The Council confirmed the EU's commitment to the EU-ASEAN dialogue including
on human rights and democratic principles. It expects membership of ASEAN to
contribute to the promotion of thes values in Burma. It agreed that the
opportunity of the EU-ASEAN dialogue should be used to discuss the situation
Bearing in mind that the current circumstances, reflected in the
prolongation of the EU Common Position for another period of six months,
preclude starting negotiations on the possible accession of Burma/Myanmar to
the EC-ASEAN Cooperation Agreement, the Council considers that the presence
of Burma/Myanmar at the forthcoming ARF/PMC Ministerial Meetings does not
prejudge in any way its participation as observer at the upcoming EU-ASEAN
Joint Cooperation Committee in November 1997 and other meetings in the
institutional EU-ASEAN framework.
The Council reaffirmed that membership of Burma/Myanmar of ASEAN does not
automatically imply membership of ASEM.
On the subject of possible additional measures against Burma/Myanmar, the
Council agreed to look into this matter again in September in the light of
the ARF/PMC Ministerial Meetings and the future developments in Burma/Myanmar.
BCN is an independent foundation. It aims to inform the Dutch society on
Burma. It initiates and co-ordinates activities that promote democratization
and sustainable development. The center aims to contribute to a constructive
dialogue between de various groups in Burma.
Paulus Potterstraat 20
1071 DA AMSTERDAM