The European Union is determined to continue to support the democratic transition and peace and reconciliation process in Myanmar, the High Representative Federica Mogherini said today, following a meeting with State Counsellor and Foreign Minister, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
“Any reconciliation and peace process needs time, energy, determination, political leadership that Aung San Suu Kyi has shown in a remarkable manner over decades and in these last months, in very difficult conditions,” Mogherini said. “This is what the European Union continues to support and will continue to support with all our means and all our strength – both politically and financially.”
Together with Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides, they also discussed the EU’s ongoing humanitarian aid to the country. “We also discussed the political process; perspectives for the change in the Constitution. We also discussed the situation in Rakhine State that is for us an area of concern but also an area where we are providing key humanitarian support for all communities,” the High Representative added.
They also exchanged views on the broader situation in the region, and looked ahead to the EU-ASEAN Ministerial meeting that Aung San Suu Kyi will host and chair in November.
“Any new era is a challenge, is difficult, is interesting, but mainly is difficult. Friends are there to accompany difficult processes; that’s what the European Union is determined to do. Sometimes we have some bumpy moments ahead of us but the determination, the sense of direction is the same: that of strengthening and supporting the democratic transition and the reconciliation process in the country, knowing all the challenges that are ahead but in a sense of respect, friendship and mutual understanding and support,” Mogherini concluded.