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EU Reaches Compromise Over Burma  - 2004-09-03


European Union foreign ministers are reported to have agreed on a compromise to let Burma attend a joint summit with Asian countries in Vietnam next month.

Bratain had led E.U contries in opposing Burma's participation at the summit because of complaints about the military government's human rights record and its tratment of opposition leaders. In turn, Rangoon had issued a statement condemning what it called Britain's extremely negative attitude.

But Reuters news agency says that at an informal gathering in the Netherlands Friday, E.U. ministers decided that Burma can attend as long as it sends a lower-level delegate than other countries. Reuters says E.U. ministers also agreed to tighten sanctions on Burma.

Asian countries had said Burma should be allowed to participate.

Information for this story is provided by Reuters.

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