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Olof Palme Prize 2005 to Aung San Suu Kyi

Norway aligned itself to an EU declaration on the award of the Olof Palme Prize 2005 to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, published in Brussels and Vienna on 28 February 2006.

02/03/2006 :: On the occasion of today’s award of the Olof Palme Prize 2005 to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, acknowledging her tireless peaceful struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma/Myanmar, the European Union voices her deep regret that Aung San Suu Kyi remains deprived of her personal freedom which will prevent her from accepting the award in person.

The European Union urges the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) to release Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners immediately.

The European Union remains gravely concerned over the human rights situation in Burma/Myanmar and wishes to reiterate its commitment to supporting national reconciliation and respect for human rights and democracy in Burma/Myanmar.

The European Union again calls upon the SPDC to enter into a genuine dialogue with the National League for Democracy and with ethnic representatives.

The European Union remains strongly committed to addressing the needs of the poorest in Burma/Myanmar, in particular in the areas of health, education and community development.

The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this declaration.

* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the    Stabilisation and Association Process.

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