Europe urges end to Myanmar killings

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BRUSSELS – European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso called on Saturday for an end to sectarian killings in Myanmar, following talks with the president of the nation which is emerging from decades of brutal military rule.

“We are deeply concerned by these events and by the consequences for the reforms and democratisation of the country. We hope that all religious leaders will call for restraint,” Barroso said in a speech, a copy of which was released in Brussels.

“The EU stands ready to mobilise 4 million euros for immediate humanitarian needs, provided access to the affected areas is guaranteed,” Barroso added.

He was speaking in Myanmar at a newly established peace centre designed to aid dialogue between all parties in Myanmar’s peace process. During his visit to the country he also held talks with President Thein Sein.

The European Union, winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, has contributed 700,000 euros to starting up the peace centre, to be followed by further funds.

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