Subject: TL first Asian country to back Global Arms Embarge vs Burma

Burma Campaign UK

Timor ­Leste Backs Global Arms Embargo ­ First Asian Country To Support Embargo

13 Oct 2009

The Burma Campaign UK today welcomed a statement from Dr Jose Ramos-Horta, President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, calling on the United Nations to impose a global arms embargo on Burma.

Timor-Leste becomes the 32nd country to back a global arms embargo against Burma. Supporters of the Burma Campaign UK have been targeting the country asking it to support a global arms embargo. Campaigners are attempting to build a global consensus on a UN arms embargo against Burma, in order to help overcome expected opposition at the Security Council by Russia and China.

“We are very pleased to have the first Asian country backing our call from a global arms embargo,” said Zoya Phan, International Coordinator of Burma Campaign UK. “Momentum for an arms embargo is growing, and we call on other Asian countries to follow the lead of Timor-Leste in supporting an embargo. I would also like to thank the President for remembering my father, Padoh Mahn Sha Lah Phan, who was assassinated by agents of the dictatorship last year, in his statement.”

Countries supporting a global arms embargo so far are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and USA.

For more information contact Zoya Phan on 44(0)7738630139.

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