European Council

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:08 pm on 24th March 2005.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Conservative, Buckingham 1:08 pm, 24th March 2005

When not discussing the crucial issue of economic reform, did the Prime Minister take the opportunity in the margins of the European Council to complain to President Chirac that Total Oil's $400 million investment in Burma is propping up the brutal military dictatorship there? Is it not now high time that the European Union resolved that its common position towards oppressive regimes should be driven by respect for human rights and democratic values, not by the pursuit of filthy lucre and narrow, short-term self-interest?