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A/51/204


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

10 July 1996

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                                                        A/51/204
                                                              

General Assembly
Fifty-first session
Item 113 (c) of the preliminary list*

*    A/51/50.


             HUMAN RIGHTS QUESTIONS:  HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATIONS AND
              REPORTS OF SPECIAL RAPPORTEURS AND REPRESENTATIVES

            Letter dated 8 July 1996 from the Permanent Representative
            of Ireland to the United Nations addressed to the
                               Secretary-General


     I have the honour to transmit to you herewith a statement that was
issued by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union concerning
the political situation in Myanmar (see annex).

     I should be grateful if you could have the text of the present
letter and its annex circulated as an official document of the General
Assembly under item 113 (c) of the preliminary list.


                                               (Signed)  John H. F. CAMPBELL  
                                                             Ambassador       
                                                      Permanent Representative


                                     ANNEX

                                               [Original:  English and French]

          Statement issued on 5 July 1996 by the Presidency on behalf
          of the European Union on the political situation in Myanmar


     The European Union is deeply concerned at the continuing
deterioration of the political situation in Myanmar.  It expresses
continued strong concern with regard to restrictions on the
fundamental rights of freedom of speech, movement and association.

     The European Union reiterates its call upon the State Law and
Order Restoration Council to implement, without delay, respect for
human rights.  It strongly urges the State Law and Order Restoration
Council to release, immediately and unconditionally, those members of
the National League for Democracy who are still detained, including
Mr. Aye Win and Mr. Win Htein, and all other political prisoners.  In
addition, the European Union calls upon the United Nations Special
Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and Imprisonment to visit
Myanmar.

     The European Union calls upon the State Law and Order Restoration
Council to enter into meaningful dialogue with Daw Aung Sang Suu Kyi,
and other representatives of the pro-democracy groups, as well as with
national minorities in Myanmar, to bring about national reconciliation
and democratic reform respecting the aspirations of the people of
Myanmar as expressed in the elections of May 1990.

     The European Union expects a full and satisfactory explanation
from the Myanmar authorities of the circumstances leading up to and
surrounding the death in custody, on 22 June 1996, of the late
Mr. James Leander Nichols, who had served as Honorary Consul for
several European States.  The European Union calls for an
investigation by the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human
Rights on the situation of human rights in Myanmar into the death of
Mr. Nichols.

     The European Union urges all parties in Myanmar to refrain from
actions that would cause a further deterioration in the situation.

     The European Free Trade Association countries, members of the
European Economic Association, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia,
Lithuania, Malta, Poland and Romania align themselves with this
statement.


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