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Burma

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the freezing of assets of officials of the Burmese regime throughout the European Union. (98075)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 1 November 2006, Official Report, columns 465-66W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she has had any recent discussions with the Burmese government about Aung San Su Kyi; and if she will make a statement. (99572)

We have repeatedly called for the immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners in Burma.

I raised Aung San Suu Kyi’s continuing detention with the Burmese Ambassador on 15 June and in a letter to the Burmese Foreign Minister on 5 July.

I again raised the Governments concerns about the Burmese government’s human rights record with the Burmese Ambassador at a meeting with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Ambassadors on 18 September.

Most recently, our Permanent Representative to the UN called for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release during discussions at the UN Security Council on 29 September in the presence of the Burmese Permanent Representative to the UN.