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Media on US sanctions the netherlan

Subject: Media on US sanctions the netherlands
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 1997 23:40:00 +-200

Forward: US sanctions on Burma, Alkmaarsche Courant, Saturday 26th of April.
(translated from Dutch)

the Netherlands - Alkmaarsche Courant, Saturday 26th of April.

Rangoon - Opposition-leader Aung San Suu Kyi praised the United States yesterday for it's announcement to impose sanctions against the government of Burma (Myanmar). The American president Clinton announced earlier this week a ban on American investments in Burma because of human rights abuses by the military regime in Rangoon.
According to Aung San Suu Kyi Washington should take good notice of having taken the right decision. "All that have followed the developments here for the last five or six months, know that oppression has increased, rather than diminished" said the Nobel  Peace Price laureate. She is co-founder of the opposition party National League for Democracy in Myanmar.
Yesterday in Amsterdam David Taw, representative of the Karen National Union, called for a hold on trade with Burma. Trade outside involvement with the junta is not possible. European companies are currently the largest investors in Burma. The minority group Karen are being pushed into Thailand because of the oil and gas exploitment in their area. The largest foreign exploiting company in this sector is the French oilcompany Total.

The Burma Centre Netherlands (BCN) shares the view of the Karen. The organization had a 'Burma-index' placed  yesterday on the front of the option market building in Amsterdam.