Europe to ease Burma sanctions

Prime Minister Cameron and Aung San Suu Kyi. [Reuters]

Prime Minister Cameron and Aung San Suu Kyi. [Reuters]

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Europe prepares to ease Burma crackdown

Created: 20/04/2012

Last Updated: Fri, 20 Apr 2012 00:46:00 +1000

The European Union has reached a preliminary agreement to end most sanctions against Burma, in reward for recent political reforms.

At a meeting of EU governments in Brussels, the union agreed to the suspension of all sanctions except its weapons embargo.

The decision has to be formally approved at a meeting of foreign ministers in Luxembourg later this month.

Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will travel outside Burma for the first time in 24 years after accepting invitations to visit Norway and Britain in June.

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The newly elected member of parliament was invited to visit Britain when she met Prime Minister David Cameron in Rangoon last Friday.

Her travel caps months of dramatic change in Burma.

This included a historic by-election on April 1 that won her a seat in a year-old parliament that replaced nearly five decades of oppressive military rule.

Her trip will include a visit to the English city of Oxford, a National League for Democracy spokesman said.

She attended university there in the 1970s.

Her husband, Michael Aris, died of cancer in Britain in 1999.


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