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Suu Kyi backs suspension of US sanctions

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 00:47

Washington: Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is cautiously backing a US senator`s proposal to suspend US economic sanctions.

Suu Kyi said on Tuesday that suspending rather than lifting sanctions would send a message that the US is trying to help democratisation, but would consider other steps if the Burmese people`s aspirations aren`t met.

Her comments, made during a video link-up organised by the George W Bush Institute, followed Senator John McCain`s proposal on Monday that the US suspend all economic sanctions other than an arms embargo, as the European Union has done.
But Suu Kyi cautioned that political reform in Myanmar would not be irreversible until the military officially committed itself to democracy.
She later said a principal aim of her party, recently elected to Parliament, was to reform the constitution.


First Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 22:23

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