France determined to find solution to Burma crisis
Burma/Myanmar – Reply by M. Franck Riester, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, to a question in the Senate
Paris, 17 March 2021
You’ve been following Burma very closely for a long time, and you’re right, the situation is serious and quickly getting worse. On 14 March alone, 70 deaths were recorded in Burma. As you know, France obviously condemned the coup, as did the European Union. We don’t recognize the junta, and technical discussions are under way in Brussels to ensure that sanctions targeting the people who contributed to that coup, those responsible for the coup, can be imposed at the Foreign Affairs Council of 22 March.
We’re also thinking about extending those sanctions to certain economic entities, because nothing must be done to continue giving money to the Burmese army at such a dangerous time.
Obviously you can count on France’s determination to find a solution to the crisis. Jean-Yves Le Drian is making many contacts with his counterparts from the countries you mentioned, the ASEAN countries, because I believe ASEAN has a major role to play in the matter. We’re also continuing to follow very closely all the NGOs working in Burma. We’re continuing our humanitarian aid. We’re supporting civil society, because the situation in Burma is very serious, as you recalled. Jean-Yves Le Drian and all the teams in the Quai d’Orsay and the Government more broadly, under the Prime Minister’s authority, are paying close attention to ensuring this major crisis in Burma can be overcome very quickly. (…)./.