Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Situation in Myanmar (Announcement of Timing of National Referendum on a New Constitution and General Elections)

February 10, 2008

  1. Japan takes it positively that the Government of Myanmar showed a time frame concerning a democratization process by announcing the timing of a referendum on a new constitution and general elections.
  2. On the other hand, participation of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and others concerned has not been realized in the process of establishing a new constitution in Myanmar.  Japan deems it important for Myanmar’s national reconciliation that genuine dialogue involving all the parties concerned will be conducted.