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Canada Suspends Sanctions Against Burma, Helps the Country Build a Brighter Future Print E-mail Share to FacebookTweet This!
Apr 24, 2012 at 03:14 PM

April 24, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced that Canada will suspend some sanctions against Burma, which were among the toughest in the world.

“Canada is encouraged by the changes that have taken place in Burma, especially in the last year,” Baird said. “Today’s move signals our support for the reforms championed by the country’s president and demanded by the Burmese people. President Thein Sein and my Burmese foreign minister counterpart and others in power are to be congratulated for staying true to their word; we also applaud democracy champions like the incredible Aung San Suu Kyi for their commitment and involvement in this process.”

“There is more work to be done, but Canada stands ready to support Burma in building a free and prosperous society. The easing of these sanctions will help Burma move in that direction and create jobs, hope and opportunity for the Burmese people.”

Canada has been closely monitoring developments in Burma over the last year, many of which Baird saw evidence of first-hand during his visit to the country in March this year.

Canada welcomed Burma’s release of political prisoners in October 2011 and January 2012. Canada was further encouraged by Burma’s ceasefires forged with some ethnic minorities and the smooth conduct of the April 1 by-elections.

Canada urges those in power to go even further and continue to improve conditions for human rights and democratic development. This would include, among other things, the release of all remaining political prisoners and the halting of all conflict in ethnic-minority areas.

Baird added: “We encourage the authorities to continue their reforms in order to ensure greater openness and freedom for the Burmese people.”

Canada is ready to support Burma’s democratic reform efforts and looks forward to working with the Burmese people as they seek to build a more democratic and peaceful society.

Canada will continue to monitor developments in Burma and will make further changes to its policies as warranted. Canada hopes that these changes will continue to be positive. However, should the situation in Burma deteriorate, Canada stands ready to impose sanctions again.

For more information on Canada’s relations with and sanctions against Burma, please consult Canada’s Policy on Burma and Burma (Also Known as Myanmar).

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