Myanmar legislators visit EU parliament

Myanmar lawmakers paid the country's first ever visit to the European parliament on Thursday in a new sign of growing warmth between the European Union and the Southeast Asian nation.

Headed by lower house speaker U Shwe Mann, the delegation, including two other parliamentarians and a dozen officials, was to meet EU president Herman Van Rompuy and the bloc's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

The president of the parliament, Martin Schulz, said the talks notably served to recognise reforms carried out so far in the long-isolated nation.

"The recent impressive democratic opening of the country gives us much hope and optimism," Schulz said in a statement.

He said the parliament was ready to assist its partner institution in Naypyidaw and had reiterated a standing invitation to Aung San Suu Kyi to collect personally her 1990 Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought.

"I hope this will become possible in the nearest future," he added.

The EU last month decided to suspend almost all sanctions against Myanmar -- a move due to take effect on Friday -- and sent Ashton to Yangon to open an EU office in a first step towards establishing a full diplomatic mission.

After decades under a repressive junta, Myanmar has seen a thaw in its relations with the international community since President Thein Sein ushered in broad changes on coming to power last year, including welcoming Suu Kyi's party into the political mainstream.

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Book chronicles efforts for PWD-friendly polls VERA Files - The Inbox
    Book chronicles efforts for PWD-friendly polls

    By Melissa Luz Lopez, VERA Files A lot have been done but much still need to be done for a hassle-free  participation of  Persons with Disabilities in elections,according to a book published by The Asia Foundation (TAF) and supported by … Continue reading → …

  • The other side of Palawan Ellen Tordesillas, Contributor - The Inbox
    The other side of Palawan

    By Ellen T. Tordesillas Mention Palawan and what comes to mind are Underground River and El Nido in the northern side of this richly-blessed province from its capital, Puerto Princesa. Three weeks ago, we went to the southern side- in … Continue reading → …

  • What can void a new car warranty? James Deakin - Wheel Power
    What can void a new car warranty?

    "I was denied warranty once for changing my horn!" One very annoyed reader wrote. "I was told that placing a backup camera will void my warranty" said another. The others are best left in my private inbox as Yahoo! have a swear jar in the office that I do not feel like donating this week's pay to. Continue reading → …

POLL
Loading...
Poll Choice Options