Myanmar/Burma - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (13.11.17)

Q – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Burma on Wednesday to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi and Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Myanmar armed forces. Have French diplomats tried to meet with General Hlaing in the past?

A – France has repeatedly called on the Burmese army to end the violence against the Rohingya community, to protect civilians and their property without discrimination, and to guarantee, as swiftly as possible, the restoration of secure, unfettered humanitarian access.

On November 6, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke by phone with State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi to express France’s deep concern about the situation of the Rohingya community and to support the Burmese civilian government’s commitment to overseeing the return of refugees and to implement the recommendations of the commission chaired by Kofi Annan to deal with the deep roots of this crises. We reiterate our support for the Burmese democratic transition led by Aung San Suu Kyi.

On Monday, Jean-Yves Le Drian will travel to Burma for the ASEM summit. He will bring up the situation of the Rohingya at that time.