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Published on July 18, 2013
Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, July 17, 2013

President Hollande had a meeting at the Elysée this afternoon with the President of Burma, Mr Thein Sein, during the first visit to France by a Burmese head of state.

François Hollande asked President Thein Sein to determinedly pursue the political transition process and deepen the economic reforms begun two years ago. He reiterated that France supports all those who work to promote democracy and respect for human rights in Burma. He welcomed the fact that the opposition is now taking part in the national political debate, notably Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the elected representatives of her party, the National League for Democracy, in Parliament.

President Hollande stressed the need to see the swift, unconditional release of all prisoners of conscience and for the full circumstances of the recent inter-community violence to be elucidated so that those responsible are handed over to justice. He expressed France’s concern about the persistence of armed conflict, particularly in Kachin State, and the situation of the Rohingya community in Arakan, and about violence of a sectarian nature. He recalled how committed France is to the work of the humanitarian organizations and to there being general, permanent access to the people requiring this assistance.

The Head of State indicated that France was ready to develop health and education cooperation programmes./.

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