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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 216157, tabled on 26 November 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Burmese government on its decision not to change the constitution of that country until after the general election in 2015.

Answered on

1 December 2014

Changing Burma's 2008 constitution to enshrine equal rights for all will be crucial for Burma's future stability. The UK is one of the leading international proponents of such change. Changes to many parts of the constitution are ultimately a matter for the people of Burma to decide directly by referendum. Ministers regularly raise the issue of constitutional change with their Burmese counterparts. The Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron) discussed Burma's constitution with President Thein Sein when they met at the G20 Summit in Brisbane.

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