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India and Burma

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations (a) the UK Government and (b) the European Union have made to the Government of India concerning the sale of military equipment and provision of military training to the Burma army. (116621)

Our high commission in New Delhi has raised our concerns regarding the provision of military equipment and training to the Burmese army with the Indian Government. The EU has not made any specific representations regarding this issue.

The UK and EU have an ongoing dialogue with the Indian Government about their policy towards Burma and have highlighted international concern about human rights and the lack of democracy there.

In my discussions with the Indian Deputy Foreign Minister in the margins of the Human Rights Council on 20 June 2006, I asked the Government of India to use their influence to encourage the Burmese Government to respect human rights and bring about political change. I also raised the human rights situation in Burma when I met the Indian Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi on 27 November 2006.