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Burma

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what sanctions the Government are operating in respect of Burma. (95568)

All EU member states are bound by the EU Common Position on Burma, which includes the following sanctions on the Burmese government: an arms embargo; a ban on defence links; a ban on the supply of equipment that may be used for internal repression; an asset freeze and travel ban on members of the regime, their families and those who benefit from their policies. There is also a ban on most non-humanitarian aid and development programmes. The Common Position also prohibits listed state-owned companies from receiving loans or credit and investment from EU member states and EU-registered companies and organisations.

The Common Position, last updated on 27 April 2006, can be found on the EU website at: http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/lex/LexUriServ/site/en/oj/2006/l_l16/l_l1620060429en00770097.pdf

A copy of the Common Position has been placed in the Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what the policy of (a) the Government and (b) the EU is on a UN Security Council resolution on Burma; (96271)

(2) what steps she is taking to build support for a UN Security Council resolution on Burma amongst EU member states.

The UK fully supports the US proposal to secure a UN Security Council resolution on Burma. We worked very closely with the US and other members of the Council to secure the votes needed to add Burma to the UN Security Council agenda on 15 September.

All five EU member states who are currently on the UN Security Council have indicated their support for a UN Security Council resolution on Burma.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken to reduce imports to the UK from Burma. (96273)

The Government have not imposed restrictions on imports from Burma. The EU has removed, however, trade preferences for products imported from Burma. The value of imports from Burma fell by more than 50 per cent. between 2004 and 2005. The goods imported consist mainly of textiles and fisheries products, industries which provide employment to ordinary people in Burma.