Friday, August 12, 2011

Lithuania assures Suu Kyi of support for democracy in Burma

Friday, 12 August 2011 17:57 Mizzima News

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) - Lithuania has expressed its support for Aung San Suu Kyi's struggle for democratic change in Burma.

Lithuania assures Suu Kyi of support for democracy in Burma

In a telephone call on Thursday to Suu Kyi, the secretary general of the National League for Democracy, the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Audronius A┼żubalis expressed his support for the democratic forces in Burma and said his country would continue to raise the issue of Burma in bilateral and international forums, according to a statement from his office.

He reiterated that his government did not really see any change in Burma in the wake the November 2010 elections, and that sanctions cannot be mitigated.

Suu Kyi thanked the minister for his government's position, according to the statement. She said that this is the only way to make the current Burmese government understand that the reforms are necessary.

The opposition leader said that dialogue with the Burmese authorities is possible only after release of all political prisoners and permission for all political parties to participate in elections.

Lithuania actively supported the United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution on the human rights situation in Burma adopted on March 18, 2011.

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