British PM, Suu Kyi say Myanmar sanctions should be suspended, not lifted

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Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:27 AM
British PM, Suu Kyi say Myanmar sanctions should be suspended, not lifted

YANGON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday he preferred to suspend rather than lift sanctions on Myanmar to ensure the country remained on the path of reforms.

Speaking at a news conference in Yangon alongside Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, Cameron said it was appropriate to respond positively to reforms undertaken by the civilian government.

"I think it's right to suspend rather than lift the sanctions," Cameron said, repeating a comment voiced by Suu Kyi moments earlier.

The European Union is due to review its sanctions on Myanmar by April 23, when the embargoes expire and Cameron called for the suspension of all sanctions except the ones on arms transfers.

(Reporting by Mohammed Abbas; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)