Kai Mykkänen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development in Finland, met with Myanmar’s State Counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi, on Thursday 9 February 2017.
During their meeting Mykkänen expressed Finland’s support for Myanmar’s peace process and the civilian government’s democratic reforms. Following an UN report claiming serious human rights violations to have occurred in the region Rakhine, Mykkänen also urged the Government of Myanmar to do its utmost to prevent further violations.
“I pointed out that we cannot accept violence and that the acts of violence in the region of Rakhine have an impact on the credibility of the entire democracy process. I was assured that the Government will arrange an investigation into the events and take action if evidence of violence is found. The human rights violations in Myanmar must and should be addressed immediately,” Mykkänen says in a press release from Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
The two also discussed opportunities for bilateral cooperation. There is not much trade between the two countries yet, but the brisk growth rate of the economy and planned major investments in Myanmar in, among other things, energy and transport, offer good opportunities for a significant increase in the volume of trade.