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Mr Cameron, it must be said, is no slouch: in announcing that sanctions on Burma are to be not lifted but "suspended", he succeeded in saving everyone's face while at the same time throwing almost everyone off balance.

Cameron calls for sanctions on Burma to be eased

The Prime Minister David Cameron today called for sanctions against Burma to be eased as he made a historic visit to the country.

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Cameron ready to reward Burma for reforms by easing sanctions

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Sanctions on the regime cronies who dominate the country's economy must be kept

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He may have picked an odd day to go – the first day of the water festival, which heralds Burma's new year, when citizens joyously drench each other from dawn to dusk – but when David Cameron visits the former British colony on Friday, becoming the first British leader to do so since Anthony Eden, he will have much to talk about.

Aung San Suu Kyi surrounded by supporters after her election victory on 1 April, hailed as a ‘historic result’

David Cameron may be first Western leader to visit Burma

David Cameron is expected to become the first major Western leader to visit Burma since decades of military rule were relaxed last year.

Aung San Suu Kyi surrounded by supporters after her election victory on 1 April, hailed as a ‘historic result’

David Cameron to be first Western leader to visit Suu Kyi

Prime Minister's forthcoming Asian tour set to include surprise stop-off in Rangoon

Workers count Burmese kyat currency at a bank in Rangoon. Washington said this week it would begin lifting some sanctions on what the IMF calls 'the next economic frontier in Asia'

UK firms in secret talks on joining Burmese gold rush

Rights groups uneasy over race to invest in nation with long record of broken promises of reform

Burma rebels hold ceasfire talks

Leaders of Burma's most enduring ethnic rebel movement have reopened ceasefire talks with the government, highlighting another major task for the country as it opens up and enacts political reforms.

A supporter kisses Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy, as she visits polling stations in her constituency as Burmese vote in the parliamentary elections on April 1

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Andrew Buncombe: Freedoms beget freedoms as voters have their say

These polls have to be seen as credible and opponents such as the NLD have to take part

Aung San Suu Kyi visits polling stations in her constituency as Burmese vote in the parliamentary elections

Suu Kyi supporters claim win in historic Burma election

Aung San Suu Kyi's party claimed today she has won a seat in Burma's parliament after a landmark election, setting the stage for the pro-democracy leader to hold public office for the first time.

AungSan Suu Kyi tells the press that 'illegal' campaign tactics are 'beyond what is acceptable'

Burmese polls will be neither free nor fair, warns Suu Kyi

Democracy leader accuses military's proxy party of violence and intimidation

Aung San Suu Kyi talks to supporters during an election rally

Suu Kyi hits the campaign trail

It's a sight few thought they would ever see: Burma's democracy leader fighting an election. Brian Rex visits the village where her future will be decided

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