Myanmar/ Burma - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (15.12.17)

Q - Do you think that the EU should examine the possibility of further sanctions against Burma?

A - As you know, the EU foreign affairs ministers decided to suspend invitations to members of the Burmese army and expressed their readiness to take additional restrictive measures against the Burmese military if the situation does not improve. The situation of the Rohingya populations continues to be closely monitored at the European level. Jean-Yves Le Drian had an opportunity to discuss this issue with his counterparts during the Foreign Affairs Council on December 11.

As the latest reports by the UN and several NGOs show, the situation remains extremely troubling at the humanitarian as well as human rights level. Women and children are particularly affected by the violence.

This is a matter of grave concern for France. Jean-Yves Le Drian stated this to the Burmese authorities during his visit to Naypyidaw on November 20.

We call on the Burmese security forces to put an end to the atrocities in Rakhine State and to ensure the protection of the civilian populations and their property without discrimination. We also urge them to swiftly restore safe and unrestricted humanitarian access and to implement the memorandum of understanding signed between Burma and Bangladesh on November 23 by creating the conditions necessary for the voluntary, safe and lasting return of the refugees to their homes.