11 Jan '12, 1pm

Asean calls for end to Myanmar sanctions: PHNOM PENH (AFP) - The Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean...

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - The Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) on Wednesday called for Western nations to lift sanctions against Myanmar following much-lauded signs of change in the army-dominated nation. Strict sanctions on Myanmar, enforced notably by the United States and the European Union in response to human rights abuses and for failing to free all political prisoners, have long left the country isolated. Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong, whose country has just taken over the rotating chairmanship of the 10-nation regional bloc, said democratic reform in Myanmar was moving forward. 'Myanmar's foreign minister has requested Asean to call for the lifting of economic sanctions against Myanmar,' he told reporters after the bloc's foreign ministers held a two-day retreat in the northwestern temple town of Siem Reap.

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