Statement on the situation in Burma (Myanmar)
“I wish to express my unreserved solidarity to all the democratic citizens of Burma, who are mourning many recent victims in their struggle against the military dictatorship, to the heroic Aung San Suu Kyi, to the National League for Democracy, and to the exiled National Coalition Government.
Citizens who demonstrate peacefully, Buddhist monks, and foreign journalists have all paid with their lives so that a voice of protest against one of the most brutal dictatorships of Asia could be heard.
All of us in the Socialist International have always stood by the people who fight for democracy in Burma. Our immediate priority is to step up the pressure so that the necessary decisions are taken in the United Nations Security Council, including sanctions, to ensure that the authorities of Burma accept the mediation of the Special Envoy of the United Nations. We will also do everything in our power to raise global public awareness about what is happening in Burma.
The whole international community is watching Burma. As President of PASOK and the Socialist International, I unite my voice with all those who ask for an immediate end to the violence, the immediate release of all political prisoners, and the immediate restoration of democratic institutions in Burma.
The people of Burma are entitled to respect of their human rights and fulfilment of their desire for freedom, democracy and peace. We stand by their side.”