16 Jan '11, 8am

Myanmar ethnic parties call for sanctions lift: YANGON - MYANMAR'S main ethnic political parties ... - #Asia #News

The declaration was signed by the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP), the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party, the Chin National Party, the All Mon Region Democracy Party and the Phalon-Sawaw Democratic Party. -- PHOTO: REUTERS YANGON - MYANMAR'S main ethnic political parties called on Sunday for Western nations to lift economic sanctions on the country as its new parliament prepares to convene for the first time. A joint declaration said sanctions imposed by the United States and European countries 'are causing many difficulties in the important areas of trade, investment and modern technologies for the development of ethnic regions'. 'We ethnic parties together request that the United States and European countries lift sanctions,' the minority parties said. The declaration was signed by the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP), the Rakhine Nationalities...

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