April 24, 2012

Impasse Threatens Burma Progress

Emily Rauhala, Time

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Citing “historic changes,” the European Union on Monday announced it would suspend nearly all sanctions on Burma for a year. The new policy, which goes into effect this week, will ease trade, economic and personal restrictions, but it leaves in place an arms embargo, reports the Associated Press. It will also open the door to increased development aid. E.U. officials said the move was a reward for the country’s recent steps toward reform, including the release of many political prisoners, cease-fires with ethnic rebels and the April 1 by-elections that saw democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi win a seat in parliament. “The E.U. praises the peaceful nature of the process and the readiness of the parties to work toward the same goals,” the organization said in...

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TAGGED: Burma, Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, National League for Democracy, Thein Sein

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