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Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski met opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday while on a two-day official visit to Myanmar.
Aung San Suu Kyi called for investors to develop regions where ethnic minorities exist.
[Aung San Suu Kyi, Leader of National League for Democracy]:
"Those who are thinking of giving development aid or investing in Burma should consider having programs not just in the mainly Burmese areas but in the ethnic nationality areas as well. That they should always try to balance one with another. Because although our people are poor, I think, in the main land, I think in the ethnic areas they are even poorer and even in greater need of even more aid.”
Sikorski said the suspension of sanctions posed by the European Union against Myanmar would encourage economic recovery.
[Radoslaw Sikorski, Polish Foreign Minister]:
"By suspending the sanctions, we have removed their effects. So you cannot argue that the Burmese economy is not developing because of sanctions, sanctions are not operable anymore. But at the same time we are sending the signal, 'look, we want to be sure that what you are doing is irreversible.’ And we think in a year maybe we will be sure. And maybe that will be the time to re-examine the policy.”
Prior to his visit Sikorski had emphasized that the demand for all political prisoners be released must be met before permanent lifting of EU's sanctions.
Sikorski was accompanied by Polish businessmen representing heavy industries and infrastructure. The delegation met with Myanmar ministers and business communities.
The Polish and Myanmar's delegation also signed an agreement on financing of technology in the mining industry and geological sciences between the two countries.