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EU Tightens Sanctions on Burma - 2004-10-11

The European Union has decided to tighten sanctions on Burma after the military government failed to meet EU demands for progress on democracy and human rights.

EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg Monday voted to widen a visa blacklist on members of Burma's military junta and place stricter controls on investment.

EU officials had threatened the move ahead of the Asia-Europe summit in Hanoi last week, after Burma ignored demands for the the release of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the lifting of restrictions on her pro-democracy party.

Sunday Burma's state-owned media said Western nations cannot use sanctions to impose democracy.