Danish Minister of Development: Stop the Burma-Boycott

The minister of Development Cooperation in Denmark Ulla Tørnæs – who recently returned from a visit in the country – has asked the Danish parliament to agree on an ending of the sanctions against Burma.
She also plans to increase the financial aid to the country and to encourage the European Union to bring the longstanding boycott of the military-ruled and impoverished Southeast Asian country to an end. The European boycott of the country has only led to further seclusion of the Burmese people according to the minister.
“20 years of EU-sanctions has not changed the mindset of the Burmese junta. On the contrary the people have been kept in isolation, and that is exactly what the
military-regime want to do” the minister declares in the Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende.
Anton Johannsen, who is the president of the Danish Burma Committee, strongly disagrees with Ulla Tørnæs. He says, that he will do anything in his power to prevent the proposal to be adopted by the Danish parliament.
“The suppression of the Burmese people is worse than ever before, it is insane to stop the sanctions now” he states.

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