Minister Treacy Highlights Human Rights in Burma at EU/ASEAN Meeting
Mr. Noel Treacy T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, with responsibility for European Affairs, represented Ireland at the 16th European Union and ASEAN (the Association of South East Asian Nations) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, which was held in Nuremberg on 14-15 March 2007. The meeting marked a significant milestone in EU-ASEAN relations, celebrating three key anniversaries: 50 years of the EU’s Treaty of Rome, 40 years of ASEAN and 30 years of EU-ASEAN cooperation.
Minister Treacy took the opportunity to raise Ireland’s concerns regarding the human rights situation in Burma/Myanmar and to call for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. He also expressed these concerns directly to the Foreign Minister of Burma/Myanmar in a bilateral discussion.
In his intervention at the meeting, Minister Treacy welcomed the plans to negotiate an EU-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement and pointed to the importance of the two Regions cooperating actively to face mutual challenges, including climate change and the fight against HIV-AIDS.
Minister Treacy also held bilateral meetings with the Foreign Minister of Malaysia and the Under Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines.
Note for Editors:
ASEAN was established in 1967. Membership now includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The basic aim of ASEAN is to encourage further integration between its members in political and economic areas. ASEAN is a key interlocutor for the EU in its relations with the Asia region. An EU-ASEAN Co-operation Agreement has been in existence since 1980. The meetings of the EU and ASEAN Foreign Ministers are held every two years and allow for dialogue and exchanges on current issues of mutual concern and interest.Top