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

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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.