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Parliamentary questions
11 June 2018
E-002047/2018
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission

The High Representative/Vice-President is aware of Australia's cooperation with the Myanmar Armed Forces with focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, peacekeeping training as well as English language training. This engagement provides opportunities for Australia — which also has an arms embargo in place with Myanmar — to promote non-combat training, mainly aiming at adherence to international humanitarian law.

In accordance with Council conclusions of 26 February 2018, the EU and its Member States intend to reduce its practical defence cooperation with Myanmar to the ‘strict minimum with the sole purpose of strengthening democratic principles, the respect of human rights and the rule of law’.

Moreover, a Council Decision concerning restrictive measures against Myanmar was adopted on 26 April 2018(1), extending the EU embargo on arms and equipment which can be used for internal repression until 30 April 2019, expanding this EU embargo in scope, including a prohibition on military cooperation and military training, and, last but not least, establishing a framework for targeted restrictive measures against officers of the Myanmar army and border guard police.

The EU will encourage Australia and other likeminded countries, but also other relevant international stakeholders to align to the EU policy regarding military cooperation with Myanmar and possible targeted measures against military officers responsible for serious and systematic human rights violations.

(1)Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/655 of 26 April 2018 amending Decision 2013/184/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against Myanmar/Burma as well as a related Council Regulation (EU) 2018/647, OJ L 108, pp 1-11; pp.29-35.

Last updated: 14 June 2018Legal notice