The European Union suspended for a year most sanctions against Burma on Monday, while also adopting new ones against the Syrian government.? The European Union’s move to suspend sanctions against Burma follows a series of political reforms by the ruling party — and a declaration by Washington that it will also ease sanctions. Suspending sanctions for a year, rather than dropping them altogether, gives the EU leverage to pressure the Burmese government to adopt more reforms. That message was sounded by British Foreign Secretary William Hague in remarks to reporters before meeting with his European counterparts in Luxembourg.
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