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ASEAN welcomes EU suspension of sanctions on Myanmar

(Xinhua)

14:38, April 25, 2012

JAKARTA, April 25 (Xinhua)-- ASEAN on Wednesday welcomed the European Union's announcement of its suspension of sanctions on Myanmar, a press statement from the ASEAN Secretariat said.

"All ASEAN member states welcome the suspension of sanctions on Myanmar. We have called for this soon after the country's general elections in 2012, and we reiterated our call immediately after the by-elections in early April," ASEAN Chief Dr Surin Pitsuwan said.

The 27 foreign ministers of the EU made the announcement in Luxembourg on April 23, suspending restrictive measures imposed on the government, with the exception of the arms embargo which it will retain. "It is the right thing to do at the right time,"said ASEAN Secretary General Dr Surin.

He added he was hoping that a long period of strained relations between ASEAN and the EU would be put behind both sides.

"The ASEAN-EU Foreign Ministers Meeting in Brunei at the end of April will see a new productive relationship being put on a higher plane for cooperation," Dr. Surin said.

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