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Why France now backs easing EU sanctions on Myanmar (+video)

France follows the US in supporting a lifting of sanctions on Myanmar after April 1 elections. Aung San Suu Kyi and her NLD won a landslide parliamentary election.

Lifting sanctions on Myanmar discussed at ASEAN summit.
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France will urge its European Union partners to consider easing sanctions on Myanmar after Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi won a parliamentary seat in an April 1 election, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Thursday.

The United States said a day earlier it was ready to relax some sanctions on Myanmar to recognize its fledgling democratic transition, including a ban on U.S. companies investing in, or offering financial services to, the country.

Juppe said Europe had to make a "gesture", given the outcome of the election in the resource-rich Southeast Asian country.

"I will propose to Brussels' (EU) partners to make a gesture on easing some sanctions," he said.

IN PICTURES: Aung San Suu Kyi

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) won in a landslide, a victory she hailed as a "triumph of the people" after decades of military dictatorship.

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