UK to suspend Burma sanctions

The Prime Minister has said that the UK will "suspend, but not lift" sanctions on Burma. He was speaking at a joint press conference with Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon.

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Cross bench support for suspending sanctions

Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander said he would support the lifting of sanctions against Burma.

All of us will feel pride and excitement that progress towards more democracy in Burma is now being made, given that so many people within and beyond the country have worked so long and so hard for change.

The sequenced lifting of sanctions along with careful monitoring of developments in Burma is a sensible way forward to help strengthen the hand of reformers."

– Shadow Foreign secretary Douglas Alexander

Suu Kyi on the risky 'road to democracy'

Aung San Suu Ki said she was always prepared to "take calculated risks" in her political career.

Speaking at a joint conference with Prime Minister David Cameron she tentatively accepted an invitation from Prime Minister David Cameron to visit Britain. She said:

"Two years ago, I would have said thank you for the invitation but sorry. Now I am able to say perhaps. That is great progress."

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Aung San Suu Kyi thanks UK for support

Aung San Suu Kyi thanked Britain and other overseas governments for their support during a joint press conference with David Cameron:

They have always understood our need for democracy, our desire to take our place in the world and the aspirations of our people. We have always shared the belief that what is necessary for Burma is an end to all ethnic conflict, respect for human rights - which would include the release of political prisoners - and the kind of development aid which would help empower our people and take our country further towards the road to genuine democracy.

She said she hoped she would be able to visit her former home town of Oxford at some point in the future.

Aung San Suu Kyi supports suspension of sanctions

Aung San Suu Kyi said at a joint press conference with the Prime Minister:

We still have a long way to go but we believe we can get there. I believe [Burmese] President Thien Sein is genuine about democratic reforms and I am very happy that Prime Minister Cameron thinks that the suspension of sanctions is the right way to respond to this. I support the suspension, rather than the lifting, of sanctions because this would be an acknowledgement of the role of the president and other reformers.

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