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The Prime Minister has said that the UK will "suspend, but not lift" sanctions on Burma. He is speaking at a joint press conference with the Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon.
- Burma was a British colony between 1886 and 1948
- The military government changed the name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989. Many countries, including the UK, do not recognise the change.
- Its 2010 election was widely seen as unfair but brought in a nominally civilian government under President Thein sein.
- It is one of the poorest countries in Asia
- Reporters Without Borders ranked Burma among the 10 worst countries for press freedom
ITV News Senior Political Correspondent Chris Ship reports from the presidential palace in Naypyidaw where David Cameron is holding talks with Burmese President Thien Sein:
The Prime Minister's convoy was sprayed with water en route to the Burmese capital Naypyidaw to mark the Thingyan water festival. President Thien Sein greeted Mr Cameron at the palace and said through a translator:
David Cameron's historic visit to Burma coincides with the country's water festival, described by the British Ambassador to Burma Andy Heyn as a week of "collective madness where people across the country come together to soak each other with water at every possible opportunity".
Following his arrival in Burma, David Cameron warned that reforms in the country could be rolled back:
Malaysian prime minister Najib Tun Razak urged David Cameron to ease sanctions on Burma, saying he believes the democratic reforms in the country are genuine.
Speaking of Burma's President Thein Sein, he said:
Mr Cameron is expected to signal the easing of sanctions against the country as he delivers a message of support to Aung San Suu Kyi later today.
David Cameron has arrived in Burma in what is believed to be the first visit to the former colony by a British prime minister. On the tarmac, he said:
Mr Cameron also said he wanted to meet the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, describing her as "a shining example for people who yearn for freedom, for democracy, for progress".
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The Prime Minister said he would agree to a suspension of sanctions against Burma during a historic visit to the former colony
The democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi lived in the UK before becoming the head of the Burmese opposition movement.