On September 23, the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Mr. Jiri Schneider, received a delegation of the representatives of Burmese opposition.
The current alarming situation in Burma/Myanmar was discussed during the meeting.
Prior to the elections, the ruling military junta is trying to dissolve the largest opposition movement and the winner of the last elections, the National League for Democracy headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, who is still kept under house arrest.
At the same time, military attacks against ethnic minorities are taking place. The elections scheduled for November 7 won’t be free nor democratic, stated the Deputy Minister Schneider after the meeting.
The Ministry of Foreign Affaires of the Czech Republic calls upon the government of Burma to release the political prisoners and to initiate dialogue with all democratic forces. The Czech MFA further calls for immediate cessation/termination of military activities against ethnic minorities and for their inclusion into political dialogue.
The Czech Republic supports the initiative of the UN special rapporteur T. O. Quintana to establish a Special Commission of Inquiry of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Burma.
Click this link for the information release by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic website.