FDFA pleased with initiated reforms in Myanmar

Bern, Press release, 13.01.2012

Statement

The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) welcomes the recent developments in Myanmar. The release of a large number of political prisoners within the scope of an amnesty declared by the country’s leaders is confirmation of the fact that, since the new government came into power, it has been pursuing groundbreaking efforts in the direction of democracy and protection of human rights. The amnesty follows the release of political prisoners during the past few months. Together with the recently negotiated ceasefire agreements with major groups of ethnic minorities, the release of political prisoners forms an important basis for democratic reform in Myanmar, which has suffered under a military dictatorship for several decades. Switzerland is willing to actively support the sustainability of this democratic process and to adapt its existing cooperation with Myanmar to the improving conditions.              


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