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Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

16. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Burma. (186599)

The Government are deeply concerned at the continued lack of progress towards democracy in Burma. On 9 February the Burmese regime announced its intention to hold a referendum on a new constitution in May this year and elections in 2010. However, if any process is to lead to national reconciliation, all stakeholders must be allowed to participate and political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi, must be freed.