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Volume 450: debated on Thursday 19 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the United States Administration on tabling a UN binding resolution on Burma; and what assessment she has made of the likelihood of securing such a resolution. (93829)

We worked closely with the US and other members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) to secure the votes required to add Burma to the Council agenda on 15 September. On 29 September, the UNSC formally discussed Burma for the first time. This marked a significant step forward. We will continue to support strongly the efforts of the UN to achieve progress in Burma and we will work with the US and like-minded partners in the Council to seek a Resolution on Burma. We expect UN Under-Secretary General Gambari to return soon to Burma and the outcome of that visit will have a bearing on future Council action.