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Burma: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the political situation in Burma concerning the Government of Burma and armed groups on ceasefire.

Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Government continue to receive regular reports of sporadic fighting along the Thai-Burma border. Regime attempts to force ethnic ceasefire groups to join their national Border Guard Force and restrictive elections have further marginalised key ceasefire groups and escalated tensions

We regularly point out to Burma and its neighbours that there is little prospect of lasting peace and stability until the regime pursues a political settlement that takes account of the legitimate aspirations of Burma's ethnic groups. Our Charge d'Affaires in Bangkok raised the issue of refugees fleeing across the Thai-Burma border as a result of recent fighting with the Thai Foreign Minister on 19 January 2011.

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