Southeast Asian leaders: Lift Myanmar sanctions


Salon Staff
April 4, 2012 10:27AM (UTC)

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders have called on Western countries, including the European Union, to lift punitive sanctions imposed on Myanmar.

The leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations made the call Wednesday at the end of a two-day summit in the Cambodian capital. The summit was attended by Myanmar President Thein Sein, who received a flurry of praise for recent democratic reforms in his country that have surprised even its harshest critics.

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said the leaders' appeal for the lifting of sanctions would first be relayed to the EU, which punished formerly military-ruled Myanmar for massive human rights violations.


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