Aung San Suu Kyi: sanctions should remain, but talks with West needed

Updated On: Feb 09, 2011

Aung San Suu Kyi's party announced Tuesday that they would not call for an end to economic sanctions on Myanmar. Instead, they called for talks with Western leaders about possible changes to the sanctions. These may include the release of all political prisoners as a precondition to sanctions being lifted.

Regional analysts have said that the economic sanctions have effectively pushed Myanmar's military junta closer to China. Beijing has ignored the sanctions to gain concessions.

Aung San Suu Kyi and her party have supported sanctions in the past, but indicated recently they would review their position. On Tuesday, they announced thatafter careful review, they decided that the release of over 2,000 political prisoners would be an essential precondition.

Aung San Suu Kyi: An aye for sanctions [The Economist (blog), 9 Feb 2011]
Aung San Suu Kyi's group calls for talks to review Burma sanctions [VOAnews, 9 Feb 2011]

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