Philippines seeks lifting of Myanmar sanctions

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Posted: Jan 17, 2012 9:34 AM
Philippines seeks lifting of Myanmar sanctions

The Philippines says international sanctions against Myanmar should be lifted amid the political reforms taking place there.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement late Tuesday that the Philippines welcomes the recent amnesty and release of more than 600 political prisoners. It said they showed Myanmar's political resolve and commitment "to nurture an environment for an enduring national reconciliation and democracy."

The foreign affairs department says such reforms "should find reciprocal gesture from the international community" in the lifting of sanctions.

The Philippines was one of the most vocal critics of the junta that once ruled Myanmar.

Western countries have praised the reforms but are keeping sanctions in place for now.