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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Cameron urged to relax sanctions on Burma

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:

I really do believe first of all that he is sincere.This has been supported by Aung San Suu Kyi's own personal remarks about him...We need to support a man like President Thein Sein so he will be supported by the community, because there will be elements who want to take a much more conservative approach.

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.

Cameron arrives in Burma

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:

This country really matters. For decades it has suffered under a brutal dictatorship. It is also desperately poor. It doesn't have to be this way. There is a government now that says it is committed to reform, that has started to take steps, and I think it is right to encourage those steps.

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".



PM focuses on Burma's 'path towards democracy'

David Cameron has continued on the Burma issue at a conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:

I hope that following my meetings tomorrow I will have the confidence to go back to my country, to back to others in the European Union, and argue that the change in Burma is irreversible, that they are set on a path towards democracy, that in a world of difficulty and darkness and all sorts of problems, here is one bright light that we should encourage.

And we should respond in a way that makes that regime feel that it is moving in the right direction and that the world is on its side".

David Cameron says Burma has 'prospects of democratisation'

Ahead of the Prime Minister's visit to Burma tomorrow, Mr Cameron has told a conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:

In a world where there are many dark chapters being written - there is one potential chapter of light in Burma where there does seems to be a prospect of the flowering of more democratisation and freedom. We should be sceptical. We should be questioning and not naive.

But its not just the Indonesian President who thinks [Thein Sein] is sincere, its not just the Malaysian Prime Minister who takes that view. Aung San Suu Kyi herself who spent so many years in such a long, lonely, but powerful struggle believes [Thein Sein] is acting in good faith. Just as Britain played a leading role in the EU on imposing sanctions, we should not be backwards in our response".

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