Thai not in favour economic sanctions against Myanmar

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Bangkok, Apr 21: Thai Foreign Minister Noppadon Pattama has told the British Prime Minister's special envoy on Myanmar that economic sanctions are not effective in promoting democratic transition in the army-ruled Southeast Asian country.

During discussions with Britain's envoy on Myanmar Michael Williams here, the Thai minister cited the recent tragic death of illegal Myanmarese economic migrants in Thailand. ''The Thai Foreign Minister pointed out that the recent tragic death of 54 Burmese illegal workers in Thailand was a good example showing that ordinary people in Myanmar attempted to get out of poverty in the country, following economic sanctions,'' noted a press statement.

Mr Williams, Special Representative of the British Prime Minister on Myanmar called on the Thai Foreign Minister last Friday to discuss views on the political situation in Myanmar in the context of next month's constitutional referendum in that country.

Both agreed that the May 10 referendum ''should be legitimate, credible and inclusive to create the political stability and economic prosperity in Myanmar.'' London also expressed concern over free international media coverage of the referendum and the involvement of the International Committee of the Red Cross in providing humanitarian assistance in Myanmar.


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