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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs    26 June 2012

Laos, Myanmar parliamentarians discuss cooperation


Laos and Myanmar are seeking ways to enhance their legislative cooperation within bilateral and multilateral frameworks.

Officials from both countries expressed common points of view when they met in Vientiane yesterday during a visit by a parliamentary delegation from Myanmar, led by the Speaker of the Amyotha Hluttaw, U Khin Aung Myint.

“We should prepare memorandums of understanding as a legal reference for our future cooperation,” said Lao National Assembly President Pany Yathortou, who led the Lao delegation at the meeting.

She suggested more exchange visits and sharing of experience between the two parliaments at various levels, in fields such as technical expertise and the training of personnel.

The sharing of experience and information concerning legislation, especially relating to legislative bodies and socio-economic development promotion and management, was also raised by the Lao side at the meeting.

Pany proposed that the legislative bodies of Laos and Myanmar support their governments in implementing the agreements signed by the two sides, as well as promoting trade and investment among business operators from the two countries.

Laos and Myanmar have maintained cooperation through regular visits by the leaders of the two countries.
U Khin Aung Myint said Myanmar saw an opportunity to expand cooperation between the two parliaments within the Asean framework of the three pillars under the Asean Inter Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), to which Myanmar would like the Asean Charter to give a greater role.

He spoke about the general election that took place in Myanmar in 2010, saying it was held under free and fair conditions and reflected the transition to democracy. He emphasised that the main task of the Myanmar parliament is to build national reconciliation and lead the country towards true democracy.

The Lao side expressed admiration for the achievements of the people of Myanmar in national construction, and appreciated the success of the implementation of the seven steps towards building national reconciliation and democratisation.

Pany said she highly valued the visit of the Myanmar delegation, which contributed to developing friendly and cooperative ties between the two neighbouring countries, and building an effective relationship between the two legislative bodies.

U Khin Aung Myint and his delegation arrived in Laos on Saturday and will stay in the country until tomorrow. He also paid a visit to Prime Minister Thongsing Thammacvong yesterday.

Today, the Myanmar delegation will leave Vientiane for a northern province, and will return to Vientiane tomorrow to call on President Choummaly Sayasone.

Laos is the first country U Khin Aung Myint has visited since he assumed his post as Speaker of the Amyotha Hluttaw. He will leave Laos for Vietnam tomorrow.

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