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EU Imposes Broader Arms Embargo Against Burma - 2003-07-08


The European Union has broadened an arms embargo against Burma's military government, accusing it of serious human rights violations.

The measure, passed by the 15 E.U. governments Monday, includes any arms-related training and assistance in its general arms embargo. The European Union imposed the new sanctions in line with an agreement reached at their summit last month in Greece.

E.U. officials said they acted in response to what they called a deteriorating political situation in Burma, in particular the continued detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

She was detained following a May 30th clash between pro-democracy activists and government supporters in northern Burma.

Burma has said the Nobel peace laureate is being held in "protective custody," but will not say when she will be released.

Meanwhile, Burma's state-run media has accused Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party of illegally drafting a national constitution. Burma's state-run "New Light" newspaper reported today (Tuesday) that such a draft exists.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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