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US Welcomes New EU Sanctions on Burma - 2004-10-19


The United States has welcomed the European Union's decision to tighten sanctions on Burma.

U.S. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the E.U. action is a positive step that shows the international community's continued desire to see democracy in Burma.

E.U. foreign ministers voted last week to widen a visa blacklist on members of Burma's military government and place stricter controls on investment following the military government's failure to make progress on democracy and human rights.

E.U. officials had threatened the restrictions after Burma ignored demands for the release of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the lifting of restrictions on her pro-democracy party.

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