HC Deb 11 April 2002 vol 383 c524W
Mr. Todd

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 13 February,Official Report, column 435W, on Burma, what assessment he has made of measures taken in partnership with the EU designed to promote human rights, national reconciliation and democracy in Burma; and if he will make a statement. [46379]

Mr. Bradshaw

I very much welcome the EU's united position and involvement in Burma. In recent weeks there has been an EU Troika delegation visit to Burma, joint action over forced labour in Burma at the International Labour Organisation, an EU demarche to press for the reinstatement of a planned visit to Burma by the UN Secretary General's Special Representative to Burma, and we are currently preparing a resolution on Burma for adoption at the United Nations C ommission on Human Rights.

I remain gravely concerned about the overall situation in Burma. Although there has been some very niodest political progress there in the past 16 months, we now need to see evidence of substantive change if confidence in the political process in Burma is to be maintained.