Tuesday, 03 April 2012 12:05
PHNOM PENH - The European Union trade chief said Sunday that foreign ministers of the regional bloc will take up lifting of sanctions against Myanmar when it meets on April 23 in Brussels to consider the outcome of Sunday’s by-elections.
“Provided that (the election) was free and fair, there is a good chance substantive action will be taken,” EU Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht said in a press conference at the end of the EU-ASEAN Business Summit here.
De Gucht however said that the EU will also consider the report of the International Labor Organization (ILO) on forced labor in Myanmar in its decision to allow the entry of Myanmar exports without paying duties and tariffs which it grants on a preferential basis to least developed economies.
“We hope it is positive,” he said.
According to a report by Xinhua from Yangon last March 17, Myanmar and the ILO have reached a memorandum of understanding on the eradication of forced labor. The agreement commits Myanmar to eradicate forced labor by 2015.
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