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The Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed news that the European Union (EU) has agreed to suspend sanctions against Burma.
Mr Cameron said;
I welcome today’s decision by our EU partners to support the UK’s call to suspend sanctions against Burma. As I saw for myself, President Thein Sein has taken important steps towards reform in Burma, and it is right for the world to respond to them. But those changes are not yet irreversible, which is why it is right to suspend rather than lift sanctions for good. As Aung San Suu Kyi herself has said, suspending sanctions will go some way in strengthening the hand of the reformers in Burma.