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CFSP Statement
Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi 60th birthday

Date of release : 16-06-2005

Policy area : General Affairs and External Relations

The European Union notes that on 19 June, Nobel Peace Prize winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will pass her 60th birthday under house arrest, cut off from contact with her family, friends and political colleagues. The EU hopes that this will be the last birthday she spends deprived of her freedom and urges the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) to release her, U Tin Oo and all other political prisoners immediately. The EU believes that such a move will help facilitate dialogue and reconciliation in Burma/Myanmar. Like Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the EU supports an approach to resolve the longstanding political problem in Burma/Myanmar based on dialogue and non-violence.

The EU is particularly concerned by the current situation in Burma/Myanmar, including the terrorist attacks on 7 May, which resulted in a significant loss of innocent lives and have promoted a climate of insecurity.

The EU, which supports the territorial integrity of Burma/Myanmar, is also concerned by the increased tensions involving the nationalities, especially the Shan State and the Karen (KNU).

The EU reiterates its commitment to supporting national reconciliation and respect for human rights and democracy in Burma/Myanmar, and calls on the SPDC to enter into a genuine dialogue with the NLD and with ethnic representatives to find peaceful political solutions which take into account their legitimate concerns.

The EU reaffirms its strong commitment to addressing the needs of the poorest in Burma/Myanmar, in particular in the areas of health, education and community development, in line with the Common Position 2004/730/CFSP of 25 October 2004.

The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Turkey and Croatia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this declaration.

* Croatia continues to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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