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EU agrees to step up Myanmar sanctions: Brown

world Updated: Jun 19, 2009 18:49 IST

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The European Union agreed on Friday to step up sanctions on Myanmar because of the Asian country's treatment of opponents, including detained Nobel Prize-winning opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

"Europe agreed today to step up sanctions and take further targeted measures against the Burmese regime," British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told a news conference after a summit of the 27 EU member states in Brussels.

Brown called for an end to Suu Kyi's "absurd and contemptible sham trial" and for her immediate and unconditional release.