Burma - Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (1 February 2021)

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Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, calls for the immediate, unconditional release of Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor, Win Myint, President of the Republic, and all government and civil society figures arrested on the eve of the opening of the inaugural session of the parliament elected on 8 November 2020.

These arrests, along with the transfer of legislative, executive and judicial powers to the army, unacceptably undermine the democratic process embarked on around a decade ago. France calls for the results of the 8 November 2020 election to be strictly respected and stands resolutely alongside the Burmese people in the desire for democracy and freedom which they expressed at the ballot box.

France will continue to provide its support to all those working for greater democracy, lasting peace and economic development which does not discriminate and benefits everyone.