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Cablegate: Finnish Response: Keeping Pressure On the Burmese

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SUBJECT: FINNISH RESPONSE: KEEPING PRESSURE ON THE BURMESE
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(SBU) PolChief and PolOff delivered subject demarche to Burma
Deskoff Theresa Zitting October 2. Zitting assured us that
the EU is considering a draft to strengthen sanctions and
further visa restrictions against new groups and levels of
persons, while also seeking to target them in a way that does
not hurt the Burmese civilians. She expects consensus among
the EU. Zitting indicated strong Finnish national support
for new sanctions, pointing to a GOF statement condemning
violence by the Burmese Regime. The Finnish Ambassador to
Burma (resident in Thailand) traveled from Thailand to Burma
on Sunday and Zitting said she would share the read-out from
his trip with us once she receives it.
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