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EU Stiffens Sanctions On Burma - 2003-06-16


The European Union has stiffened its sanctions against Burma, amid the continued detention of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

An EU spokeswoman says the group, meeting in Luxembourg Monday, expanded the list of Burmese officials, their relatives and friends who will be denied travel visas, and whose European assets will be frozen. She also says the EU suspended more trade privileges for Burma.

The 15-nation European Union demanded that Burma free Aung San Suu Kyi and other detained members of her National League for Democracy party. It also urged the military government to begin what it called a substantial and meaningful dialogue with the political opposition.

EU sanctions against Burma have been in place for several years. Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell called for other nations to stiffen sanctions against the military government in Rangoon.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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