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Foreign Secretary welcomes release of political prisoners in Burma

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Foreign Secretary William Hague: "I am delighted to hear that a significant number of political prisoners in Burma have today been released, including 88 Generation and ethnic leaders."

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“The release of all political prisoners is a long-standing demand of the international community and I warmly welcome these releases as a further demonstration of the Burmese government’s commitment to reform.

“This is exactly the kind of measure I called for in all my meetings with Burmese government leaders last week. So is this week’s much needed ceasefire in the conflict with the Karen people. I hope these positive steps will contribute to greater democratic participation in the upcoming Parliamentary by-elections.”

Speaking on 12 January, the Foreign Secretary welcomed the ceasefire between the Burmese government and Karen National Union:

“I welcome the reports that the Burmese government and Karen National Union have signed a ceasefire after 63 years of fighting. This is good news for the people of Burma. It has been a longstanding goal of the international community to see a ceasefire, and indeed it was one of the key issues on which I urged the Burmese government to make progress during my visit last week when I also met with Karen representatives. There is still a long way to go fully to rebuild trust between the parties after so many years of conflict, but this is an important step in the right direction.”

Published 13 January 2012