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Cablegate: Burma: April Gaerc Conclusions Accurately

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PHUM BM
SUBJECT: BURMA: APRIL GAERC CONCLUSIONS ACCURATELY
REPRESENT PORTUGAL CONCERNS

REF: STATE 45471

The April 29 GAERC conclusions accurately represent
Portugal's concerns regarding Burma's upcoming referendum on
its draft constitution, according to MFA Officer for
Southeast Asia Ana Luisa Riquito. She noted that while
Portugal believes the international community should be
allowed to monitor the voting, it was highly unlikely the
Burmese authorities would permit this. Portugal is very
concerned with developments in Burma and will continue to
monitor the situation there, Riquito said. She added that
the EU has initiated a third series of demarches expressing
these concerns to ASEAN capitals, Beijing, New Delhi, Moscow
and Tokyo. She also commented that the EU was still
evaluating the impact of current financial sanctions before
considering implementing new ones.
Stephenson

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